Weekend Wrap-Up

Coen Brothers win the top spot

By John Hamann

September 14, 2008

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Fifth through seventh is a dogfight between our summer holdovers. The ranking looks like this right now, but could change when actuals come out tomorrow. Number five goes to four-weekend-old The House Bunny, as the Anna Faris flick has an exceptional hold with a 22% drop, and grosses $4.3 million. From Sony, The House Bunny cost only $25 million to make, and has now grossed $42.1 domestically. Sixth goes to Tropic Thunder with $4.2 million, and while it doesn't have a House Bunny hold at 42%, it does cross the $100 million mark, which is good news for any kind of satire (wouldn‘t the Coen Brothers love that?). The Ben Stiller-directed flick now has a total of $103 million against a $90 million budget. Seventh goes to The Dark Knight, now in its ninth weekend in the top ten. The extremely successful Batman flick earned $4 million and drops only 27%. Its running total has now reached a truly awesome $517.7 million.

Eighth goes to the truly ugly Bangkok Dangerous with Nic Cage. After finishing first last weekend basically by default, the action flick nose dived 69% to eighth, earning a woeful $2.4 million. This one cost $45 million to make, and is going to have to be happy with less than $20 million domestically, although international sales may bail it out. The same thing happened with Vin Diesel's Babylon A.D., which opened in second, then earned $4.2 million last weekend and $1.8 million this weekend, a drop of 58%. Maybe people are tiring of crap.

Ninth goes to Traitor, the Don Cheadle flick. Traitor earned $2.1 million and was off 50%. It has a running total of $20.7 million against a production budget of $22 million. I'll look forward to it on DVD.


In tenth is Death Race, the Jason Statham car accident. Death Race earned a paltry $2 million and was off 46%. Death Race now has a total of $33.2 million against a budget of $45 million.

Falling just outside of the top ten is Mamma Mia!, which should be noted. Mamma Mia earned $1.7 million this weekend and dropped 39%. It has a total now of $139.3 million stateside, and a foreign total approaching $300 million.

So, after the top 12 grossed a sad $50 million last weekend, we get a nice bounce back this weekend. The top 12 films earned a much more healthy $86.6 million thanks to the new product. A year ago had Jodie Foster and The Brave One on top with $13.5 million, and the top 12 put up a score of $64 million, which leaves last year well ahead of this year, at least for September. Next weekend brings another weekend of so-so product, except for maybe Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/12/08-9/14/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Burn After Reading Focus Features $19,403,679 $19,128,001 New $19,128,001
2 Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys Lionsgate $18,020,000 $17,381,218 New $17,381,218
3 Righteous Kill Overture Films $16,500,000 $16,288,361 New $16,288,361
4 The Women Picturehouse $10,088,406 $10,115,121 New $10,115,121
5 Tropic Thunder DreamWorks $4,180,000 $4,183,405 - 42.1% $102,974,069
6 The House Bunny Columbia Pictures (Sony) $4,300,000 $4,154,427 - 24.6% $42,008,459
7 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. Pictures $4,015,000 $4,128,153 - 25.1% $517,792,764
8 Bangkok Dangerous Lionsgate $2,400,000 $2,592,656 - 66.7% $12,723,787
9 Traitor Overture Films $2,132,000 $2,131,639 - 50.1% $20,734,170
10 Death Race Universal Pictures $2,017,035 $2,056,415 - 44.6% $33,232,495
11 Babylon A.D. Twentieth Century Fox $1,775,000 $1,864,585 - 55.4% $20,415,057
12 Mamma Mia! Universal $1,744,550 $1,827,985 - 36.0% $139,401,320
  Also Opening/Notables
  Towelhead Warner Independent Pictures $53,000 $52,823 New $52,823
  Greetings From the Shore Newstyle $46,252 $40,527 New $40,527
  Moving Midway First Run N/A $6,539 New $6,539
Moving Midway First Run N/A $6,539 New $6,539
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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