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Weekend Wrap-Up

Lakeview Terrace leads dull weekend

By John Hamann

September 21, 2008

Stay behind me, Kerry Washington. I, Nite Owl, will protect you.

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Finishing third is the second Lionsgate flick in two weekends, the completely forgettable My Best Friend's Girl. The Dane Cook comedy earned a slow $8,3 million, and is a downtick from his usual $10-14 million openings (hopefully this will end his career). Cook's last comedy, Good Luck Chuck opened to $13.7 million before fading into the woodwork with a $35 million finish. My Best Friend's Girl also stars Kate Hudson, who usually has more luck at the box office. Her last film, the truly awful Fool's Gold, managed a $21.6 million opening and finished above $70 million. This one will be lucky to earn $25 million, and deserves less, as it is only 7% fresh at RottenTomatoes.

Igor, a computer animated kids flick, opens in fourth. Distributed by MGM, Igor mostly missed, opening to only $8 million from 2,339 venues. This one is a bit of a disappointment for me, as I thought the animation looked excellent and ala Tim Burton, with the lead voiced by the always amiable John Cusack. How bad could it be (despite its release date?). I guess in the end, pretty bad. At RT, 39 critics took Igor in, and only 12 liked it, leaving it with a not so fresh rating of 31%. Maybe it will have a better time of it on DVD, but for now, this one is dead.

Fifth goes to Righteous Kill, the De Niro/Pacino team up. After debuting to $16.3 million last weekend, Righteous Kill proved to be not quite so righteous in its second weekend, as it earned $7.7 million and fell a hurtful 53%. Despite the fair opening, this $60 million production is going to struggle to reach $40 million - it has a total so far of $28.8 million.

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys falls from second last weekend to sixth this weekend, a fairly normal occurrence for a Perry title. After it debuted to $17.4 million, TFTP fell 57% and earned only $7.5 million in its second frame. At least this second weekend hold is better than Perry's last, as Meet The Browns, his February 2008 film, fell 63% in its second weekend, moving from a $20.1 million opening to a $7.5 million second weekend. The Family That Preys has a running total of $28.4 million, and will finish around $40 million.




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The Women is seventh, and despite being the worst reviewed film to open last weekend, it has a better hold than half of last weekend's new titles. The Women earned $5.3 million and was off 48%. After two weekends, the PictureHouse release has earned $19.2 million against a production budget of only $16 million.

Sadly, way down in eighth is Ghost Town, the extremely well-reviewed comedy from Paramount. Starring UK-phenom Ricky Gervais, Ghost Town opened to a slim $5.2 million, albeit from only 1,505 venues. With the low venue count, Ghost Town ended up with a decent venue average, coming in at $3,436. Gervais isn't as well known as he should be in North America, as he starred in the UK version of The Office, and was the lead in Extras, another award winning British TV series. Ghost Town reviewed very well mostly due to the performance of Gervais. At RottenTomatoes, Ghost Town received better reviews than Burn After Reading, garnering an 87% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes. Hopefully word-of-mouth spreads for this one, and Paramount can get it out to more venues in the next few weekends.

Finishing ninth and tenth are our summer holdovers, The Dark Knight and The House Bunny. TDK finishes ninth, and odds are that this will be its last weekend in the top ten. Now in its tenth weekend, The Dark Knight earned $3 million, and was off 29%. Its total has now reached $521.9 million. We might get a return visit from Batman later in the year, as Warner Bros. is planning an Oscar push for the Chris Nolan flick. Tenth spot, of course, goes to The House Bunny, the star making turn from Anna Faris. The $25 million Sony film earned $2.8 million in its fifth weekend. The House Bunny was off 33% and now has a running total of $45.7 million.

Overall, we've really seen it all this September. The month started with an atrocious top 12 score of only $50 million, bounced back nicely last weekend to $86 million, and then falters again this weekend with a combined score of $78.3 million. Compared to last year, the score isn't too bad, as the same weekend in 2007 earned $80 million, thanks to a $20 million plus opening from one-weekend-wonder Resident Evil: Extinction.


Top Weekend Box Office for 9/19/08-9/21/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Lakeview Terrace Screen Gems $15,600,000 $15,004,672 New $15,004,672
2 Burn After Reading Focus Features $11,294,534 $11,028,257 - 42.3% $36,135,221
3 My Best Friend's Girl Lionsgate $8,300,000 $8,265,357 New $8,265,357
4 Igor The Weinstein Co. $8,010,000 $7,803,347 New $7,803,347
5 Righteous Kill Overture Films $7,700,000 $7,424,479 - 54.4% $28,534,233
6 Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys Lionsgate $7,500,000 $7,271,899 - 58.2% $28,128,159
7 The Women Picturehouse $5,305,957 $5,417,779 - 46.4% $19,321,011
8 Ghost Town DreamWorks $5,171,000 $5,012,315 New $5,012,315
9 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. Pictures $2,950,000 $2,915,174 - 29.4% $521,890,027
10 The House Bunny Columbia Pictures (Sony) $2,800,000 $2,662,650 - 35.9% $45,587,131
11 Tropic Thunder DreamWorks $2,576,000 $2,556,241 - 38.9% $106,805,722
12 Mamma Mia! Universal $1,064,950 $1,046,575 - 42.7% $141,192,290
  Also Opening/Notables
  Appaloosa New Line Cinema $258,000 $248,847 New $248,847
  The Duchess Paramount Vantage $202,527 $190,426 New $190,426
  Battle In Seattle Redwood Palms/vitagraph N/A $46,903 New $46,903
  Hounddog Empire Film Group N/A $13,744 New $13,744
  Walking On Dead Fish Variance Films $9,500 $10,524 New $10,524
  A Thousand Years of Good Prayer Magnolia N/A $10,321 New $10,321
  Towelhead Warner Independent Pictures $65,000 $64,365 + 21.9% $137,817
Towelhead Warner Independent Pictures $65,000 $64,365 + 21.9% $137,817
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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