Weekend Wrap-Up

Rock and Foxx Vie For Box Office Dominance

By John Hamann

September 30, 2007

The Rock hopes to introduce HGH into the world of ballet.

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Narrowly staying ahead of Good Luck Chuck is Resident Evil: Extinction, last weekend's number one film. After opening to $23.7 million last weekend, RE3 could only muster $8 million in its second outing, giving it a dubious percentage drop of 66%. Resident Evil: Apocalypse opened to almost the exact figure of Extinction ($23.0 million), and dropped 62% to $8.7 million. Expect this one to earn less than Resident Evil: Apocalypse's $50.7 million, as the second and third films in this franchise are carbon copies of each other, with Extinction doing worse in the legs department. Currently, Extinction has $36.8 million in its domestic piggy bank.

And while Good Luck Chuck unfortunately did not see the drop that Resident Evil did, it is still thankfully nasty. Chuck (and its 3% fresh rating at RT) earned $6.3 million this weekend and dropped 54%, reaffirming my hope in the human race. So far, Chuck and company have stolen $23.6 million domestic from sad, unsuspecting moviegoers.

That brings 3:10 to Yuma down to fifth place, after four frames of release. The western earned $4.2 million and was off 32% compared to the last frame. So far the $50 million film has earned $41.6 million. It should finish with about $55 million.

The Brave One dips to sixth as Jodie Foster's latest failed to get traction in the North American marketplace. The Brave One earns $3.7 million in its third weekend, and was off 50%. The Brave One is a Warner Bros. disappointment, as the revenge flick has only earned $30.8 million so far. Chalk up another miss for Joel Silver and Silver Pictures (The Invasion).

Seventh spot belongs to Mr. Woodcock, starring Billy Bob Thornton. This is another film that failed to show any spark, as it grosses $3 million this weekend. The New Line production now has $19.6 million.

Eighth goes to Eastern Promises, the David Cronenberg thriller. Eastern Promises earned $2.9 million from 1,408 venues, and may have peaked when it earned $5.6 million last weekend. It was off 49% compared to the previous frame, and now has a total of $11.2 million.


Sydney White drops from sixth to ninth with a take of $2.7 million. It was off 49% and has now earned $8.5 million.

Finally in tenth we have Across the Universe, which was able to grow 5% as it increased its venue count to 339. The '60s retrospective from Julie Taymor earned 2.1 million and has now grown its overall total to $5.5 million.

Feast of Love failed to make the top ten as it earned a slow $1.8 million from 1,200 venues. The drama failed to gain any momentum heading into the weekend due to an abysmal (and almost nonexistent) marketing campaign. It failed in the review department as well, earning only a 47% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes.

In limited release, Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Limited got off to a great start at 2 New York theatres, earning $140,000, good for a $70,000 venue average.

Overall, things aren't great compared to last year at the box office, when Open Season opened to $23.6 million. The top 12 films earned $86.5 million over the same weekend last year, well ahead of this year's tally of $76.6 million. Will Ben Stiller and The Heartbreak Kid break the box office out of its blues next weekend?

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/28/07-9/30/07 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Game Plan Walt Disney Pictures $22,675,000 $22,950,971 New $22,950,971
2 The Kingdom Universal $17,685,000 $17,135,055 New $17,135,055
3 Resident Evil: Extinction Sony/Screen Gems $8,000,000 $8,036,405 - 66.1% $36,826,411
4 Good Luck Chuck Lionsgate $6,300,000 $6,244,066 - 54.3% $23,513,142
5 3:10 to Yuma Lionsgate $4,160,000 $4,208,366 - 31.7% $43,951,910
6 The Brave One Warner Bros. $3,685,000 $3,719,285 - 49.1% $30,834,753
7 Mr. Woodcock New Line Cinema $3,000,000 $2,947,402 - 40.1% $19,578,594
8 Eastern Promises Focus Features $2,891,839 $2,938,847 - 47.9% $11,281,492
9 Sydney White Universal $2,650,000 $2,569,515 - 50.6% $8,449,395
10 Across the Universe Sony/Revolution Studios $2,050,000 $2,016,224 + 3.3% $5,476,433
11 The Bourne Ultimatum Universal $1,750,000 $1,745,475 - 39.2% $222,788,180
12 Feast of Love MGM $1,754,000 $1,707,967 New $1,707,967
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Darjeeling Limited Fox Searchlight Pictures $140,000 $134,938 New $134,938
  Trade Lionsgate $115,000 $118,086 New $118,086
  Lust, Caution Focus Features $61,688 $63,918 New $63,918
  Sharkwater Freestyle Releasing $35,400 $37,140 New $37,140
  The Itty Bitty Titty Committee N/A $11,505 New $11,505
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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