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Weekend Wrap-Up for April 27-29, 2007

Brutal Box Office Good News for Disturbia and Spidey

By John Hamann

April 29, 2007

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Fracture finishes fourth and fails to show Disturbia's staying power. After finishing second last weekend, Fracture drops 35% to $7.1 million this weekend. Word-of-mouth must not be working for the Anthony Hopkins/Ryan Gosling thriller, or the dearth of thrillers (there are five in the top ten this weekend) is keeping some people from getting out to this one. So far, Fracture has earned $21.3 million for New Line, and it will struggle toward $35 million before finding a healthy life on home video.

Blades of Glory finishes fifth as it competes with Hot Fuzz for the comedy dollar. Blades earned another $5.2 million, its fifth weekend since opening March 30th. The Will Ferrell/Jon Heder comedy dropped a decent 32%, pulling up from its 45% drop last weekend. Blades of Glory has now earned $108.1 million and is Ferrell's second $100 million plus film in the last two years.

Disney's Meet the Robinsons falls to sixth as it can't hang on despite zero new competition for its demographic. The Robinson's earned a slim $4.9 million in its fifth weekend and was off 31%. So far, the Disney CGI flick has earned $88.4 million, as it wills itself toward $100 million.

Hot Fuzz added 464 venues to its run this weekend, and the move worked to an extent. Hot Fuzz earned $4.8 million in its second weekend, and dropped a negligible 18%. I imagine distributor Rogue Pictures was looking for an increase over last weekend's $5.8 million finish, but I imagine this one will survive well against Spider-Man 3 next weekend. So far, Hot Fuzz has earned $12.5 million.




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Vacancy slides hard, falling from fourth last weekend to eighth this weekend. The motel room thriller earned $4.2 million in its second weekend and was off a harmful 45%. Currently, this Sony release has now earned a soft $13.9 million.

Lionsgate and WWE's The Condemned finishes ninth, and probably would have been better off going to straight to DVD. The Condemned earned a tiny $4 million from 2,310 venues and had an average of $1,732. Comparing it to other WWE films, The Marine had a venue average of $2,805 and See No Evil managed $3,645. The viewership for these films gets lower with each outing because let's face it. No one wants to see wrestlers in movies unless their name is The Rock.

Finally in tenth is Are We Done Yet?, which simply will not die. The Ice Cube sequel brought in yet another $3.4 million and brought its domestic total up to $43.8 million. It should at last be out of the top ten next weekend.

Overall, things are very bad. The top ten films in release this weekend earned a tiny $57.4 million, a figure Spidey 3 has a shot at earning on its first day. Last year over the same weekend, things were much better, but the weekend that followed last year only had a Mission: Impossible sequel, not a Spider-Man sequel. Last year, the top ten earned about $85 million, leaving this year in the dust. My prediction for Spider-Man 3: HUGE.


Top Ten for Weekend of April 27-29, 2007
Rank
Film
Number
of Sites
Percentage Drop from Last Week
Estimated
Gross ($)
Cumulative
Gross ($)
1 Disturbia 3,047 -30% 9.1 52.2
2 The Invisible 2,019 New 7.6 7.6
3 Next 2,725 New 7.2 7.2
4 Fracture 2,443 -35% 7.1 21.3
5 Blades of Glory 3,056 -32% 5.2 108.1
6 Meet the Robinsons 2,461 -31% 4.9 88.4
7 Hot Fuzz 1,272 -18% 4.8 12.5
8 Vacancy 2,551 -45% 4.2 13.9
9 The Condemned 2,310 New 4.0 4.0
10 Are We Done Yet? 2,701 -34% 3.4 43.8

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