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Silver Surfer Fantastic For Fox

By John Hamann

June 17, 2007

Suck it, Surf's Up penguins!

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That makes Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End our number four flick this frame after finishing second last weekend. Johnny Depp and his shipmates earned $12.0 million, managing to keep its nose above $10 million for the last time. Pirates dropped another large 43%, which makes the trend now 61.5%, 52% and now 43%. That's very close to Spider-Man 3's first three drops of 61.5%, 50% and 51%, and I expect the Fantastic Four sequel to behave the same. So far, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has earned $273.8 million. It should finish with about $310 million.

Number five goes to Surf's Up, the CG animated product from Sony, which will be eaten in two weeks by Pixar and Disney's Ratatouille. Surf's Up earned $9.3 million this weekend, but lost 47% of its family audience. While this is a lower drop than our three-quels in their second weekends, this number is not good news for the folks at Sony. Animated films usually hold better than their live action brethren. So far, Surf's Up has earned $34.7 million, and it should finish with about $65 million.

Sixth this weekend goes to Shrek the Third, which is able to stay ahead of new opener Nancy Drew. Shrek the Third grossed $9 million in its fifth weekend, and drops a still too high 41%. The DreamWorks product is beginning to cozy up to $300 million - it sits at $297.3 million - but has taken far too long to accomplish this feat. It will cross the big 300 on Tuesday or Wednesday, its 34th day of release. That's about the same amount of time it took Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers to achieve that feat; however, its opening weekend was $62 million, whereas Shrek the Third's was double that amount.

Searching for clues in the basement is Nancy Drew, Warner Bros.' attempt to cash in on a once popular teen icon. No longer a heroine to pre-teen girls, Nancy Drew grossed only $7.1 million this weekend from 2,612 venues (a sign of failure right there). It had a soft venue average of $2,732. Why Warner Bros. would try to resurrect this crime fighter for today's summer audience is beyond me, but at the very least it must have been a fairly cheap production. This one will be extremely lucky to be in the top ten next weekend.




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Hanging out with Nancy in the basement are Hostel: Part II and Mr. Brooks. Hostel: Part II earned $3 million in its second weekend, and as usual for horror dropped 63% in its second frame. It's a good thing this one cost only $7.5 million to make, as its total so far sits at $14.2 million. Mr. Brooks doesn't do much better, earning 2.8 million. The MGM effort dropped 43% and sits with a running total of $23.4 million.

Finally in tenth we have our last appearance from Spider-Man 3 in this column. The Marvel super-spider earned $2.4 million and leaves the top ten with a gross so far of $330.0 million, just about what the first film in this franchise earned five years ago.

Overall, the box office remains behind last year in a third straight weekend despite the slight surprise with Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer. The top 12 this year earned about $138.8 million, 4% behind last year's tally of about $144.6 million. Next weekend brings three more new wide releases: Evan Almighty, 1408 and A Mighty Heart.


Top Box Office for 6/15/07-6/17/07
Rank
Film
Number of
Sites
Estimated
Gross
Percentage
Drop from
Last Week
Cumulative
Gross
1 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 3959 $58,051,684 New $58,051,684
2 Ocean's Thirteen 3565 $19,724,405 -47% $70,429,741
3 Knocked Up 2907 $14,069,880 -26% $90,016,695
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 3329 $12,411,786 -43% $274,145,510
5 Surf's Up 3531 $9,254,793 -47% $34,625,490
6 Shrek the Third 3505 $9,003,044 -41% $297,245,100
7 Nancy Drew 2612 $6,832,318 New $6,832,318
8 Hostel: Part II 2350 $3,026,131 -63% $14,208,497
9 Mr. Brooks 1923 $2,902,024 -43% $23,523,243
10 Spider-Man 3 1822 $2,505,151 -42% $330,021,137
11 Waitress 615 $1,258,470 -21% $14,071,871
12 La Vie en Rose 77 $660,278 +272% $2,806,173
Also Opening
DOA: Dead or Alive 505 $232,336 New $232,336
Eagle Vs. Shark 3 $21,005 New $21,005
Gypsy Caravan 2 $13,400 New $13,400
Fido 2 $9,000 New $9,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations

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