Sixth goes to The Marine, the latest film from WWE Entertainment. This Roadhouse-style action flick grossed an expectedly low $7.0 million from 2,545 venues. The John Cena flick was made back in 2004 and cost the wrestling-based studio only $15 million to make, so it certainly isn't a disaster. The Marine reviewed better than I thought it would, as it actually got one positive review out of a possible 12 at RottenTomatoes. Hopefully, this one is gone in a weekend and I won't have to write about it again.
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Weekend Wrap-Up for October 13-15, 2006 - Part Two
By John Hamann
October 15, 2006
Seventh goes to The Guardian, the Kevin Costner/Ashton Kutcher action flick. The Buena Vista release grossed $5.9 million and drops 39% in the process. The Guardian has now grossed a less-than-expected $41.1 million.
Eighth goes to the crash and burn that is Employee of the Month. After opening to $11.4 million last weekend, the Dane Cook comedy got dropped like a bad Jessica Simpson movie should, earning only $5.6 million and dropping a nasty 51%. Employee of the Month has still earned more than its budget as it has $19.9 million in the tank versus a cost of $12 million.
Finishing ninth is the religious movie, One Night With the King. From 20th Century Fox's new faith-based division, FoxFaith, One Night grossed $4.3 million this weekend from only 908 venues, giving it a decent-but-not-stellar venue average of $4,759. This one cost Fox $20 million, so if The King fails to show decent legs, it won't be a great start for the new division.
Rounding out the top ten and definitely not part of the faith-based division of any studio is Jackass: Number Two. Johnny Knoxville and company added another $3.3 million in their last weekend in the top ten as the Jackass sequel dropped 49%. The domestic take for the $12 million Paramount flick sits at $68.4 million.
Overall, things were way up compared to last year. In 2005, the top ten took in only $66 million as The Fog disappointed with only an $11 million opening; whereas this year, the top ten earned $98.1 million, which pretty much wipes out September's struggles. Next weekend we have four more new films in release, so the top ten will see another shakeup.
Read Part One