Weekend Wrap-Up

By John Hamann

March 2, 2008

He's not winning any rings this weekend, that's for sure.

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With very little for competition, Jumper manages to have a weekend where it doesn't drop more than 50% compared to the previous weekend. The sci-fi mistake earned $7.6 million in its third weekend, and was off 40% from the previous frame. The 16% fresh flick has now earned $66.8 million, but thanks to the Valentine's/President's Day weekend, should finish above $80 million.

Sixth spot goes to Step Up 2 the Streets, the Disney step dancing flick. Step Up 2 earned $5.7 million in its third weekend, and was off 41% from the previous frame. This has turned into a small hit for Disney, and the total has now reached $41.2 million against a production budget of about $35 million.

Seventh is Fool's Gold, the movie that won't go away. Fool's Gold earned $4.7 million and was off 28% from last weekend. The Kate Hudson flick has now earned $59.1 million, and with three new releases coming next weekend, we can only hope that the 10% fresh flick will be gone from theaters at that point.

Eighth spot goes to Penelope, the small fairy tale from upstart distributor Summit Releasing. Starring Christina Ricci as a young woman with a facial disfigurement, the Reese Witherspoon-produced flick earned $4.006 million this weekend from a very slim 1,196 venues. Penelope got buried by those Boleyn bitches in the marketing department, and didn't have a good chance this weekend. The good news is that this one cost only $15 million to make, and has already earned about $7 million overseas.


Best Picture winner No Country For Old Men finishes ninth this weekend after finishing 12th last weekend, as Miramax pushed the venue count up to 2,037 in honour of the win. No Country earned $4.005 million with the new venue count, lifting its audience from last weekend by 67%. No Country for Old Men is now the Coen Brothers biggest film ever at the domestic box office with a cume so far of $69.6 million.

Finishing tenth is Juno, as a lack of major Oscar gold has shoved Juno to the cheap seats. Juno took in another $3.4 million and was off 19% compared to last weekend. It sad to see the 11-week top ten stalwart approach the door, but it has earned $135.1 million against a budget of less than $10 million.

Overall, the box office is in pain. After a month of bad news, things are only going to get worse overall in the weekends to come, as last year had 300 open in the second weekend of March. The top ten last year brought in a huge $108 million, where this year, the total for the top 12 is an ugly $80.7 million. Next weekend we do get Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC, which could do some business, but not the $70 million that 300 opened to at the same time last year.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/29/08-3/2/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Semi-Pro New Line Cinema $15,311,000 $15,075,114 New $15,075,114
2 Vantage Point Sony/Columbia $13,000,000 $12,819,245 - 44.0% $40,823,745
3 The Spiderwick Chronicles Paramount $8,752,000 $8,700,378 - 33.6% $55,028,942
4 The Other Boleyn Girl Sony/Columbia $8,300,000 $8,203,061 New $8,203,061
5 Jumper 20th Century Fox $7,600,000 $7,568,462 - 40.4% $66,790,968
6 Step Up 2: The Streets Walt Disney N/A $5,742,479 N/A $48,621,711
7 Fool's Gold Warner Bros. $4,690,000 $4,418,229 - 32.6% $58,800,790
8 No Country for Old Men Paramount $4,005,000 $4,114,994 + 71.1% $69,680,625
9 Penelope IFC Films $4,006,028 $3,802,144 New $3,802,144
10 Definitely, Maybe Universal N/A $3,382,005 N/A $26,650,585
11 Juno Fox Searchlight $3,350,000 $3,264,570 - 21.4% $135,049,108
12 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Universal $2,702,420 $2,646,570 - 36.4% $39,128,395
  Also Opening/Notables
  City of Men Miramax $122,000 $130,579 New $130,579
  Chicago 10 Roadside Attractions N/A $42,724 New $42,724
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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