Weekend Wrap-Up for November 30 - December 2, 2007

Leftovers Enchanted at the Box Office

By John Hamann

December 2, 2007

Now, McDreamy, I thought I told you I like *Chicago* style pizza.

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Finishing third is Beowulf, the three-weekend old CGI flick from Paramount. Beowulf, pulling along its $150 million production cost, could only muster a gross this weekend of $7.9 million, off 52% from the holiday frame. Paramount even added 31 venues to Beowulf's count this weekend, but it wasn't enough to keep momentum going. The total so far for the CGI release sits at $68.6 million, and won't be a total disaster as the overseas grosses have already reached $50 million.

In fourth we have our lone new release of the weekend, Awake. The Hayden Christensen/Jessica Alba thriller managed a top five finish this weekend, but earned only $6 million from 2,002 venues. This one had been on the shelf forever, and audiences smelled the dust. Shot back in 2005, the very few critics that saw this one, hated it, as there is only one positive review out of a possible 13 at RottenTomatoes. This one probably should have gone straight to video, and will be a memory in no time.

Dropping to fifth is another of last weekend's new releases, Hitman. The movie based on the video game earned $5.8 million, off 56% from the holiday frame. So far, Hitman has earned $30.2 million, and will top out around $50 million, which isn't bad for a bad movie.

Sixth spot goes to Fred Claus, another Christmas themed flick. Fred Claus is now in its fourth weekend, and earned $5.6 million over the post-Thanksgiving frame. The Vince Vaughn flick dropped 47% compared to last weekend, and has now earned $59.8 million. Look for Fred to finish with about $75 million, well back of its $100 million budget.


August Rush, the sickeningly sweet fantasy, earned $5.2 million. The Warner Bros. release dropped 45% compared to last weekend, and now has a cume of $20.4 million.

Finishing eighth is No Country For Old Men, the Coen Brothers' shot at a Best Picture win, and a clear favorite in the pack so far. No Country earned $4.5 million, as Miramax added another 135 venues this weekend. So far, the thriller has earned $23 million and could usurp O Brother Where Art Thou as their highest grossing film; that one earned $45.5 million.

Finishing ninth this weekend is Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld's somewhat successful return to mass media. Bee Movie, now in its fifth weekend, earned $4.5 million and was off a hefty 62% compared to the Thanksgiving weekend. Bee Movie dropped four spots from fifth, signaling the end of this film's run. Currently, the animated Paramount/DreamWorks production has earned $117.6 million, still well back of its $150 million production budget.

American Gangster finishes tenth, as the Denzel Washington flick continues to add to its impressive totals. Gangster earned $4.3 million for Universal and was off 53%. Currently, the Ridley Scott flick has earned an impressive $121.7 million.

Overall, things aren't great at the box office. The top 12 last year earned $81.2 million, and this year lags behind again, as the top 12 this year took in $76.6 million. All that could change next weekend, as I'm sure The Golden Compass is going to break out. How big will it be? Check back next weekend to find out.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/30/07-12/2/07 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Enchanted Walt Disney Pictures $17,023,000 $16,403,316 - 52.4% $70,000,316
2 Beowulf Paramount $7,882,000 $8,208,565 - 50.4% $68,939,986
3 This Christmas Sony/Columbia $8,400,000 $7,941,068 - 55.8% $36,431,987
4 Hitman Twentieth Century Fox $5,800,000 $6,021,927 - 54.3% $30,426,328
5 Awake MGM, The Weinstein Company $6,011,000 $5,856,872 New $5,856,872
6 Fred Claus Warner Bros. $5,555,000 $5,501,437 - 48.0% $59,784,054
7 August Rush Warner Bros. $5,150,000 $5,021,435 - 46.7% $20,225,907
8 The Mist Dimension Films $4,245,000 $4,553,008 - 49.0% $19,563,276
9 Bee Movie DreamWorks $4,471,000 $4,444,798 - 62.4% $117,616,494
10 No Country for Old Men Paramount $4,501,000 $4,385,290 - 43.6% $22,914,851
11 American Gangster Universal $4,277,915 $4,263,175 - 52.7% $121,716,990
12 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Twentieth Century Fox $3,250,000 $3,261,068 - 58.9% $26,332,620
  Also Opening/Notables
  Aaja Nachle Yash Raj Films N/A $257,500 New $257,500
  The Savages Fox Searchlight $153,121 $151,859 New $184,507
  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Miramax $75,300 $75,721 New $75,721
  The Protagonist IFC First Take N/A $4,495 New $4,495
  Chronicle of an Escape IFC First Take N/A $1,307 New $1,307
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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