Weekend Wrap-Up for October 26-28, 2007

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By John Hamann

October 28, 2007

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Finishing third this weekend is last weekend's number one film, 30 Days of Night, the vampire flick from producer Sam Raimi. 30 Days of Night did the expected in its second weekend and plunged hard, earning $6.7 million and dropping 58%. I expected 30 Days to be much bigger than the $50 million it's going to finish with; however, the budget for this one was only $30 million. So far, the Sony release has earned $27.3 million.

The Game Plan manages a fourth place finish despite being in release for five weekends. The Rock's family-friendly escapade has paid off in gold, as it earns another $6.3 million, dropping a slim 23%. So far, The Game Plan has earned $77.1 million, and with a few more good holds, could knock on the door of $100 million.

Fifth spot goes to Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, which, after a 43% drop last weekend, gets hit hard this weekend. Why Did I Get Married earned $5.7 million in its third frame, off 53% from the previous weekend. So far, Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson and friends have earned $47.3 million for Lionsgate, as both Saw IV and this one will be on the studio's highest grossing movies for 2007 list.

Michael Clayton has another solid frame, as the Warner Bros. release seems to be finding an audience. The George Clooney thriller earned $5 million in its third weekend of wide release, off a very small 25% compared to the previous frame. So far, Michael Clayton has earned $28.8 million, and will have to work hard to best Syriana's domestic finish of $50.8 million.

Gone Baby Gone, the Miramax release from director Ben Affleck finishes seventh, down one spot from the previous frame. The critically acclaimed flick earned $3.9 million this weekend, and was off only 29% compared to last weekend, which means word-of-mouth seems to be getting out about this one. I was somewhat surprised the studio didn't raise the venue count above 1,713, but maybe they will expand it next weekend. Currently, Gone Baby Gone sits with $11.3 million.


Unfortunately, eighth spot goes to The Comebacks, as the sports parody didn't drop far enough. The Fox Atomic release earned $3.5 million and was off 38%. It has sadly earned $10 million.

Ninth spot goes to We Own the Night, the failed collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix. The James Gray drama earned $3.4 million in its third weekend of release, and was off 37%. So far, the $28 million picture has earned only $25.1 million.

Finally, in tenth is Disney's 3-D take on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Nightmare wouldn't even be in the top ten this weekend if there were better films in release, but the Henry Selick flick did earn $3.3 million this weekend, off 37% from its surprise debut in the top ten last weekend.

Overall, things were pretty much the same as last year. In 2006, on the strength of the Saw III opening of $33.6 million, the top 12 films earned $87.7 million. This year, on the strength of Saw IV's opening of $32.1 million, the top 12 films rang up $86.1 million. Unfortunately, we can probably expect the same thing to happen next year.

Top Weekend Box Office for 10/26/07-10/28/07 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Saw IV Lionsgate $32,110,000 $31,756,764 New $31,756,764
2 Dan in Real Life Touchstone Pictures $12,081,000 $11,809,445 New $11,809,445
3 30 Days of Night Sony/Columbia $6,700,000 $6,862,764 - 57.0% $27,480,907
4 The Game Plan Walt Disney Pictures $6,257,000 $6,129,720 - 25.1% $76,939,167
5 Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? Lionsgate $5,740,000 $5,643,899 - 53.7% $47,204,260
6 Michael Clayton Warner Bros. $5,030,000 $4,924,374 - 26.3% $28,668,168
7 Gone Baby Gone Miramax Films $3,900,000 $3,817,451 - 30.6% $11,226,975
8 The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D Walt Disney Pictures $3,347,000 $3,446,012 - 35.3% $10,100,435
9 We Own the Night Sony/Columbia $3,400,000 $3,395,012 - 37.4% $25,065,018
10 The Comebacks Fox Atomic $3,450,000 $3,371,708 - 39.3% $9,925,268
11 Rendition New Line Cinema $2,300,000 $2,372,487 - 41.6% $7,821,105
12 The Heartbreak Kid DreamWorks $1,764,000 $1,768,720 - 53.6% $35,139,137
  Also Opening/Notables
  Bella Roadside Attractions $1,324,327 $1,328,448 New $1,328,448
  Pete Seeger Weinstein Co. N/A $11,945 New $11,945
  Rails & Ties Warner Independent Pictures $10,000 $11,032 New $11,032
  How To Cook Your Life Roadside Attractions N/A $8,741 New $8,741
  Black Irish N/A $6,900 New $6,900
  Slipstream N/A $1,046 New $0
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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