Weekend Wrap-Up

Indiana Jones Rescues May Box Office

By John Hamann

May 25, 2008

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Finishing third is Iron Man, which had another stellar frame in its third weekend of release. Iron Man earned another $20.1 million over the three-day portion of the weekend, and was off 37%, which is pretty good considering this one had already made $232 million heading into the long weekend. My math for Iron Man has it finishing around $310 million, which would put it into the top 25 biggest domestic grossers of all time. Currently, it has earned a whopping $252.3 million so far.

Fourth (and what is really last) goes to What Happens In Vegas, which is quickly becoming a decent sized hit, and will be the staple example of counter-programming for years to come. Vegas earned $9 million over the Friday-to-Sunday portion of the weekend, and was off 35% compared to the previous frame. The Fox film with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher has now earned a surprising $54.2 million against a budget of $35 million. Wouldn't Speed Racer love a budget to domestic gross ratio like that?

The rest of the top ten is comprised of also-rans, the leftovers that are basically speed bumps to Indiana Jones. Speed Racer is our number five film this weekend, and I imagine at this point Warner Bros. would not like to hear about it anymore. After grossing only $8 million in the last frame, Speed Racer followed that up with a $4 million take this weekend, and was off 51%. This $120 million production (not including the huge costs involved in prints and advertising) has now earned a pathetic $36.2 million, and I imagine pink slips are being prepared for many involved.

Made of Honor falls one spot to sixth, as Patrick Dempsey failed to keep this one afloat. Made earned $3.4 million and was off 28%. Currently, it has a total of $39.1 million.


That means Baby Mama, which is enjoying a longer run in the top ten than it has any right to, finishes seventh. Now in its fifth weekend, Baby Mama earned $3.3 million and drops a slim 29%. The Tina Fey comedy has now earned $52.1 million against a budget of $30 million for Universal, so we should be seeing more films from the 30 Rock star very soon.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall clings to a top ten spot, as the Judd Apatow production earns another $1.7 million over the Memorial Day frame. It was off 40%, and now has a total of $58.2 million against a budget of $30 million.

That leaves us with Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo Bay in ninth with $915,000 and a running total of $35.9 million. Harold and Kumar have proved to again be an excellent investment as this one cost only $15 million to make. Tenth again goes to The Visitor. That one earned a small $781,000 and has a total now of $4.4 million.

Last year, the top ten films were even more top heavy than they were this year, but the top 12 had huge totals for the weekend anyway. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End earned $114 million from Friday-to-Sunday, and the fourth place film, Bug, earned only $3 million. The top 12 films last year earned $199 million over three days. This year, with Indiana Jones earning $101 million from Friday-to-Sunday, the top 12 films earned a remarkable $168 million. Next weekend should be huge again, as Sex in the City opens along with the very creepy looking The Strangers.

Top Weekend Box Office for 5/23/08-5/25/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount $101,000,000 $100,137,835 New $151,958,445
2 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Walt Disney Pictures $23,032,000 $22,794,989 - 58.6% $97,855,173
3 Iron Man Paramount $20,147,000 $20,447,253 - 35.8% $258,278,546
4 What Happens in Vegas 20th Century Fox $9,000,000 $9,116,935 - 34.3% $56,609,605
5 Speed Racer Warner Bros. $3,985,000 $3,942,756 - 51.4% $37,481,539
6 Made of Honor Columbia Pictures (Sony) $3,400,000 $3,350,618 - 28.8% $39,901,734
7 Baby Mama Universal $3,323,320 $3,355,690 - 28.3% $53,016,250
8 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Universal $1,665,510 $1,770,450 - 36.5% $58,798,745
9 Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Warner Bros. $915,000 $927,336 -54.0% $36,152,416
10 The Visitor $781,000 $724,183 + 7.7% $4,591,262
11 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears Who Twentieth Century Fox N/A $477,822 + 16.1% $152,076,723
12 The Forbidden Kingdom Lionsgate $355,000 $418,600 - 61.0% $51,358,618
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Children of Huang Shi Sony Classics $47,915 $42,755 New $55,760
  War, Inc. First Look Studios $36,505 $35,336 New $45,714
  A Jihad For Love First Run Features N/A $10,519 New $20,187
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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