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Spider-Man 3 and Box Office Plummet Together

By John Hamann

May 13, 2007

Thomas Haden Church ponders on how much he misses Paul Giamatti.

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Sixth goes to Fracture, the Ryan Gosling/Anthony Hopkins thriller. This is another film that is alive thanks only to an awful list of films in the top ten this weekend. Fracture earned $2.9 million from 2,365 venues this weekend, and was off 22% from the previous frame. From New Line, Fracture has now earned an okay $31.0 million.

Buena Vista's The Invisible drops three spots to seventh, as David Goyer's sci-fi flick is going to fail to earn $20 million at the domestic box office. This weekend, the no-star feature earned $2.2 million and was off 33% compared to last weekend. So far, this mistake has earned $15.5 million.

Finishing eighth is Hot Fuzz, from Working Title Films and distributed by Rogue Pictures in the US. Hot Fuzz is a huge hit internationally, but failed to take hold here like it did in Britain. This weekend, the Simon Pegg flick earned $1.7 million and was off 23% compared to last weekend. So far, Hot Fuzz has earned $18.9 million, which is better than Shaun of the Dead's $13.5 million. Internationally, Hot Fuzz has earned over $67 million.

Next finishes ninth, as the Nicolas Cage flick has been completely ignored and is one of the five films in the top ten this weekend that will either come very close or fail to reach $20 million. Next earned only $1.6 million, off 45%. That brings its total up to $14.6 million, against what was probably at least a $70 million budget for Revolution Studios.




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Tenth spot goes to the wonderful CGI family film Meet the Robinsons, which continues to eke its way toward $100 million. Meet the Robinsons earned $1.6 million this weekend and currently sits at $94.1 million in total box office. If your theaters still have this kid flick available in 3-D, you should really give it a try.

Finally, outside the top ten is another Zach Braff miss. This time, it's called The Ex. The Ex earned only $1.4 million this weekend from 1,009 venues. That's well off the $4.6 million that The Last Kiss opened to last September. Mr. Braff had better do a comic book movie soon, or he's going to be working at Denny's.

Overall, things were fairly good in theaters this weekend, but literally all of the top ten's success was on the backs of two films. The top ten earned $94.2 million, which, compared to last year, seems pretty good. When Poseidon tanked last year, the top ten earned $81 million, and M:I3 couldn't save the day. In 2005, the box office was also weak over the same weekend, with the top ten earning about $92 million. Really, though, this particular weekend on the calendar has been slipping since 2002 ($113 million for the top ten) as 2003 earned $100 million, and about $101 million in 2004.


Top Ten for Weekend of May 11-13, 2007
Rank
Film
Number
of Sites
Weekly Decline
Estimated
Gross ($)
Cumulative
Gross ($)
1 Spider-Man 3 4,252 60% 60.0 242.1
2 28 Weeks Later 2,303 New 10.0 10.0
3 Georgia Rule 2,523 New 5.9 5.9
4 Disturbia 3,106 18% 4.8 66.3
5 Delta Farce 1,931 New 3.5 3.5
6 Fracture 2,200 22% 2.9 31.0
7 The Invisible 1,943 33% 2.2 15.5
8 Hot Fuzz 1,236 23% 1.7 18.9
9 Next 2,017 45% 1.6 14.6
10 Meet the Robinsons 1,640 39% 1.6 94.1

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