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Ocean's Thirteen Leads Busy Box Office

By John Hamann

June 10, 2007

Everybody lines up to get in bed with Clooney.

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Sixth spot goes to another new release this weekend, Hostel: Part II from Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino. The first Hostel flick was a big surprise, turning its $5 million production budget into a $20 million opening frame. This time out, the budget is a tiny bit higher ($7.5 million - peanuts in today's moviemaking world), but the opening weekend is much, much lower. Hostel: Part II opened to $8.8 million this weekend from 2,350 venues, as the horror flick failed to build on the totals earned the first time out. The sequel got decent reviews (for a horror flick) as RottenTomatoes showed a mixed rating of 54%, but even this is lower than the original. The first Hostel flick got a 59% rating at RT, and audiences showed up in droves. Look for this one to disappear quickly, but still make a small profit for Lionsgate.

Seventh goes to MGM, Kevin Costner and Mr. Brooks. After a $10 million opening last weekend, Mr. Brooks got the hook, as the thriller could only muster a gross of $5 million. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that's a drop of 50%, as Mr. Brooks is being shown the door. So far, the total for this one sits at a slim $18.7 million, and will most likely top out around $30 million.

Well back in eighth is Spider-Man 3, and after a $7.5 million haul last weekend, the Marvel product drops to $4.4 million. That equals a drop of 42%, but brings the total for Sony up to $325.7 million. I'm looking for Peter Parker to finish with about $340 million domestic.




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Waitress manages to hold onto a top ten spot, but probably won't be so lucky next weekend. Waitress, from Fox Searchlight, pulled in $1.7 million from 708 venues. It had a venue average of $2,331 and was off 18% compared to last weekend. Waitress has worked well as counter-programming among the summer blockbusters - it has now earned $12 million against a budget that must be $5 million or less.

The final three spots in the top 12 go to Disturbia, Gracie and the indie musical Once. Disturbia wound up with yet another top ten spot despite shedding half of its venues. It earned an additional $550,000, which brings its grand total to $77.8 million. After a dismal debut last weekend, Gracie falls down to 11th place as its weekend take was $523,000, a drop of 61%. This is pretty dismal considering that it opened small to begin with and is a family-oriented product. Finally, Once, an indie musical that was playing at only 95 venues, earned $515,000, good for a per venue average of $5,421. Its grand total is currently $1.8 million. It did gain 18% this weekend, the only movie in the top 12 to do so. Once has received rave reviews, so look for some slight continued expansion.

Overall, things were busy and spread out over a large amount of films, but it wasn't enough to beat last year's totals when Disney and Pixar's Cars was on top. With a $60 million opening for the animated feature, the top 12 at the box office in 2006 earned about $147 million. This year, the top ten earned $133.6 million, a decline of 9%. However, the totals are up 3.6% over last weekend, and that trend should continue next week as the Fantastic Four sequel anchors a nice set of openers.


Top 12 for Weekend of June 8-10, 2007
Rank
Film
Number of Sites
Change from Last Week
Estimated Gross
Cumulative Gross
Weekly Decline
1 Ocean's Thirteen 3,565 New $37,080,000 $37,080,000 New
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 4,002 -360 $21,316,000 $253,614,000 -52%
3 Knocked Up 2,877 +6 $20,016,960 $66,240,900 -35%
4 Surf's Up 3,528 New $18,000,000 $18,000,000 New
5 Shrek the Third 3,925 -184 $15,750,000 $281,892,000 -44%
6 Hostel: Part II 2,360 New $8,750,000 $8,750,000 New
7 Mr. Brooks 2,453 0 $5,000,000 $18,682,301 -50%
8 Spider-Man 3 2,570 -832 $4,400,000 $325,680,000 -42%
9 Waitress 708 +103 $1,650,000 $12,016,449 -18%
10 Disturbia 568 -567 $550,000 $77,795,000 -51%
11 Gracie 1,093 -71 $522,957 $2,462,415 -61%
12 Once 95 +35 $515,000 $1,760,279 +18%
Also opening:
La Vie En Rose Picturehouse 8 New $171,786 New
12:08 East of Bucharest Tartan Films 1 New $12,300 New
Belle Toujours New Yorker Films 1 New $5,800 New
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations

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