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Weekend Wrap-Up

By John Hamann

May 18, 2008

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Fifth place goes to Baby Mama, which earned $4.6 million, falling a very slight 26%. This movie has become a minor hit for Universal, as it has easily exceeded its budget and is looking at a bunch of gravy once it hits DVD. The current total for the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy sits at $47.3 million.

Falling all the way down to sixth place is Made of Honor, the under-performing, three-weekend-old chick flick from Sony. After chucking 45% of its audience last weekend, Made of Honor earned $4.5 million this weekend, and was off by 45%. After a $127 million effort in Enchanted, Patrick Dempsey isn't as lucky with this one. So far, Made of Honor has earned $33.7 million against a production budget of about $40 million.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall sits in seventh place for the weekend. Sarah Marshall earned $2.5 million in her fifth weekend, and drops a nice 34%. So far, the comedy has earned $55.1 million, making this another great Judd Apatow investment, this time for Universal.

That makes Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay the eighth place finisher. Harold and Kumar earned $1.8 million, and now has $33.9 million. It was a fine investment for its studio, as the budget was a mere $12 million and it has more than doubled that amount.




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Ninth spot goes to The Forbidden Kingdom, as it manages a top ten spot. The Jet Li Jackie Chan martial arts fest grossed a meager $1 million, and brings its total up to $50.3 million.

Tenth goes to The Visitor from Overture Films. It's rare that a movie finishes in the top ten with less than $1 million, but here we have it in a movie written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, who previously brought us the wonderful Station Agent. This is grim, grim news for the box office in general, but Overture Films should be extremely proud of this finish.

Overall, the box office never really had a chance unless Prince Caspian broke out. With Caspian doing the opposite, and Speed Racer absolutely no help, the top 12 films at the box office earned $125.5 million, which is about the same as Shrek 3 made in its first weekend last year as it grossed a shocking $121.6 million. The top 12 for 2007 earned $173.6 million. That's roughly a $50 million dollar difference. Next weekend, Indiana Jones goes up against Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which opened to $114.7 million last year.


Top Weekend Box Office for 5/16/08-5/18/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Walt Disney Pictures $56,573,000 $55,034,805 New $55,034,805
2 Iron Man Paramount $31,200,000 $31,838,996 - 37.8% $223,124,385
3 What Happens in Vegas 20th Century Fox $13,850,000 $13,883,874 - 31.2% $40,341,516
4 Speed Racer Warner Bros. $7,645,000 $8,117,459 - 56.3% $30,284,073
5 Made of Honor Columbia Pictures (Sony) $4,500,000 $4,702,950 - 42.1% $33,903,519
6 Baby Mama Universal $4,593,005 $4,680,610 - 24.8% $47,343,255
7 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Universal $2,537,585 $2,786,220 - 27.4% $55,313,405
8 Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Warner Bros. $1,800,000 $1,997,450 -36% $34,098,389
9 The Forbidden Kingdom Lionsgate $1,000,000 $1,000,000 - 53.9% $50,300,000
10 The Visitor $687,000 $672,448 -8.0% $3,388,821
11 Nim's Island Twentieth Century Fox $580,000 $588,856 - 59.8% $45,256,360
12 Then She Found Me THINKFilm $527,980 $527,980 -13% $1,577,655
  Also Opening/Notables
  Reprise Miramax $47,100 $49,060 New $49,060
  My Father My Lord Kino N/A $24,096 New $24,096
  Sangre De Mi Sangre IFC Films N/A $8,385 New $8,385
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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