Weekend Wrap-Up for January 11-13, 2007

Nicholson Back on Top With Bucket List

By John Hamann

January 13, 2008

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Third spot goes to the awesome Juno, as distributor Fox Searchlight added another 523 venues to its run. The indie darling earned $14 million this weekend, off only 12% from the previous frame. Juno is now out to 2,448 venues, and had an average of $5,719. With its gross this weekend, Juno is about to become the biggest earner ever for Fox Searchlight, as it will soon edge ahead of Sideways, which earned $71.5 million back in late 2004 and early 2005. Juno is currently sitting at $71.2 million total and is going to leave Sideways in its dust. It could end up with as much as $125 million.

While Juno remains a contender, National Treasure: Book of Secrets is going the other way. The Nic Cage action flick earned $11.5 million, but dropped 43% compared to the previous frame. Still, Buena Vista is going to be very happy with a gross so far of $187.3 million. Look for Book of Secrets to finish with about $220 million.

Alvin and the Chipmunks finishes fifth, and and is running out of little kids who don't know any better. Alvin earned $9.1 million and fell a heavenly 41% in its fifth frame. Alvin and company have done better than anyone ever expected, and the movie now has a cume of $187.7 million.

Warner Bros.' I Am Legend finishes in sixth, as this is another blockbuster that's starting to pack it in in mid-January. The Will Smith flick earned $8.1 million in its fifth frame, and it fell a similar-to-Book-of-Secrets 48%. Legend has now earned an impressive $240.2 million, and looks to finish with about $260 million.

Another big surprise this weekend is that One Missed Call didn't get as eviscerated as it could have. The horror film earned $6.1 million in its second weekend, and was off 51% - which isn't bad for a second frame horror flick with a 0% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes. Warner Bros. has now culled $20.6 million with this one.


P.S. I Love You finds itself in eighth place, but its hold is once again pretty good. The Hilary Swank/Gerard Butler romance earned $5 million and was off only 36%, which follows last weekend's drop of only 16%. Warner Bros. has managed to turn this one into a moderate hit, as its gross so far has reached $47 million.

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales movie finishes ninth, earning only $4.4 million from 1,337 venues. It won't be a disaster for Universal, as this will be huge on home video, and was most likely made for very little.

Atonement takes the tenth spot and despite adding 367 venues, the Focus Features release failed to build on last weekend's gross. Atonement earned $4.3 million and was off 15% compared to the previous frame. This is the type of movie that is desperate for awards coverage, but isn't going to get it thanks to the writers strike and the low profile Golden Globes this evening. So far, Atonement has earned $25.2 million.

Finally, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale finishes well back this weekend with a tiny gross of only $3.3 million. I guess there wasn't enough Uwe Boll fans out there.

Overall, the box office still has something to crow about. This weekend, the top 12 films earned $108.8 million, which is quite a bit better than last year over the same weekend, when the top 12 grossed $97.3 million. Next weekend looks like it could actually be interesting. J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield will debut on more than 3,000 screens, as will Fox's 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/11/08-1/13/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Bucket List Warner Bros. $19,540,000 $19,392,416 +5834.% $20,816,129
2 First Sunday Sony/Screen Gems $19,000,000 $17,714,821 New $17,714,821
3 Juno Fox Searchlight $14,000,000 $13,612,682 - 14.2% $70,862,478
4 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Walt Disney Pictures $11,482,000 $11,302,002 - 43.7% $187,114,947
5 Alvin and the Chipmunks 20th Century Fox $9,100,000 $9,302,895 - 40.2% $187,943,374
6 I Am Legend Warner Bros. $8,130,000 $8,179,610 - 48.0% $240,283,451
7 One Missed Call Warner Bros. $6,130,000 $5,981,373 - 52.2% $20,493,337
8 P.S. I Love You Warner Bros. $5,005,000 $4,827,212 - 38.4% $46,830,324
9 The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie Lions Gate $4,418,785 $4,251,320 New $4,251,320
10 Atonement Focus Features $4,299,670 $4,221,866 - 16.6% $25,130,656
11 Charlie Wilson's War Universal $4,274,200 $4,129,720 - 49.1% $59,353,790
12 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Paramount Pictures $3,402,000 $3,385,171 - 38.9% $44,053,400
  Also Opening/Notables
  In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Movie Freestyle Releasing $3,265,262 $2,984,524 New $2,984,524
  The Business of Being Born Int'l Film Circuit $10,212 $9,574 New $15,559
  The Orphanage Picturehouse $2,043,585 $2,015,605 +302.6% $3,159,345
  There Will Be Blood Paramount Vantage $1,940,000 $1,860,333 + 40.8% $4,277,973
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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