Weekend Wrap-Up for Friday, August 31 - Monday, September 3, 2007

By David Mumpower and Kim Hollis

September 3, 2007

Why does no one ever trick-or-treat at this house?

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Falling a slightly larger-than-expected 39% was Mr. Bean's Holiday, which pulls up in sixth place over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Mr. Bean, which surprised many by being the best opener of last weekend, earned $6.0 million during the Friday-through-Sunday portion of the weekend. Looking at the four-day holiday, it fared a bit better with $8.1 million total. So far, Mr. Bean's Holiday has earned $21.1 million, which is really just gravy considering that its overseas cume is a massive $189.4 million.

The Nanny Diaries showed decent staying power in its second weekend, as it fell only one spot to seventh place. Its three-day total of $5.1 million represents a solid 32% drop, and over the four-day weekend it was able to take in $6.4 million. The Nanny Diaries has now earned a cumulative total of $16.5 million and while it isn't setting the world on fire, it should be able to hold its own as a home rental title as it fits more naturally into that market niche.

Our final new wide release finally appears way down in eighth place. Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by James Wan, co-creator of the Saw franchise, managed only $4.2 million from Friday-to-Sunday and $5.2 million over the four-day portion of the weekend. Its venue average was a very so-so $2,854. There were definitely warning signs that Fox didn't have much faith in the product, as it debuted in only 1,822 venues and received very little advertising support. Death Sentence will already be a distant memory by next weekend.


Tumbling hard in its second weekend is the Jason Statham/Jet Li flick War, which dropped a heady 58% on its way to a three-day weekend total of $4.1 million (with $5.1 million over the long holiday weekend). The total for the Lionsgate product is currently $18 million, and since the production budget is listed at only around $25 million, it's going to make at least a little money by the time overseas grosses and home video are added in.

Hanging on in tenth place is the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust. The fantasy film that proved exceedingly difficult to market earned $3.1 million over the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the weekend at the box office, and $3.9 million over the four-day holiday. It had a drop of 20% compared to the previous weekend. Stardust has a cumulative total of $31.9 million, which still has to be considered a disappointment compared to its overall budget of $65 million. It does seem likely to be able to find second life once it hits DVD, though, particularly given that word-of-mouth is excellent.

Compared to 2006, the top 12 at the box office was up a massive 22% over the four-day holiday weekend. In 2006, when Crank and The Wicker Man were the new kids on the block, the top 12 earned $98.7 million. On the strength of the great Halloween opening and the continued power of Superbad, this year's top 12 took in an awesome $120.0 million. Next weekend, things appear likely to slow down some as 3:10 to Yuma (which had sneak previews this weekend and is receiving excellent word-of-mouth), Shoot ‘Em Up with Clive Owen and the barely advertised comedy Brothers Solomon hit theaters.

Top Twelve for Weekend of August 31 - September 3, 2007
Number of Sites
Change in Sites
from Last Week
Estimated 3-Day Gross ($)
Estimated 4-Day Gross ($)
3-Day Percentage Drop ($)
Cumulative Gross
1 Halloween 3,472 New 26,462,000 31,012,000 New 31,012,000
2 Superbad 3,002 +54 12,500,000 15,600,000 -31% 92,435,000
3 Balls of Fury 3,052 New 11,346,732 14,307,450 New 16,798,194
4 The Bourne Ultimatum 3,290 -389 10,314,150 13,192,900 -17% 202,613,015
5 Rush Hour 3 3,008 -400 8,400,000 10,375,000 -28% 122,231,000
6 Mr. Bean's Holiday 1,765 +51 5,992,175 8,101,350 -39% 21,101,780
7 The Nanny Diaries 2,636 +7 5,111,000 6,356,000 -32% 16,507,376
8 Death Sentence 1,822 New 4,225,000 5,200,000 New 5,200,000
9 War 2,277 No Change 4,140,000 5,140,000 -58% 17,980,000
10 Stardust 1,766 -573 3,083,000 3,903,000 -20% 31,912,000
11 The Simpsons Movie 2,066 -534 2,800,000 3,525,000 -35% 178,420,901
12 Hairspray 1,604 -412 2,725,000 3,325,000 -17% 112,111,000
Also Opening:
Ladron Que Roba A Ladron 340 New 1,560,000 2,040,000 New 2,040,000
Self-Medicated 16 New 46,507 58,570 New 58,570
The Nines 2 New 23,617 28,617 New 28,617
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations

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