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Underworld Rises, Inkheart Flops

By John Hamann

January 25, 2009

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Eighth goes to Bride Wars, the painful (but somewhat successful) comedy from Fox. Bride Wars tricked another $7 million out of the fairer sex this weekend, as the Kate Hudson Anne Hathaway flick falls 40% in its third weekend. Expect another wedding pic in January next year, as Bride Wars has now earned $48.7 million against a slim $30 million budget.

Finally in ninth we have our other big Oscar contender, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. After finishing outside of the top ten last weekend, Button bounces back, rising to ninth and earns almost the same amount as did last weekend, finishing the frame with $6 million. That's an increase of 8% for the Brad Pitt film, and Paramount was certainly desperate for those 13 nominations. Benjamin Button crossed the $100 million domestic mark last weekend, but still needed at least another $50 million to match its production budget domestically, so the Oscar bump will help somewhat in that regard. The fact that it didn't bump higher might leave Paramount feeling a little left out next to Slumdog Millionaire; however, Button has earned $111 million so far.

Tenth goes to Notorious, last weekend's number four finisher. The Biggie Smalls biopic got absolutely killed as it dropped to only $5.7 million, good for a drop of 72%. It has a gross so far of $31.8 million.




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In other award news, Frost/Nixon, with five nominations (including one for Best Picture) and an expansion to 1,099 venues, earned $3 million. The Wrestler, with two nominations (where are the Aronofsky and Springsteen nominations?) and an expansion to 566 venues, earned $3.7 million. The Dark Knight, with eight nominations, came back to 350 venues and grossed $661,000, and Milk, with eight nominations and 250 venues, earned $864,342.

Overall, box office was still strong compared to last year, but wasn't the blowout that previous weekends in January 2009 have been. This weekend the top 12 films took in about $140.8 million, which still compares quite favorably with last year's top films, which earned $117 million. New films next weekend include Taken with Liam Neeson (which looks good), New in Town with Renee Zellweger (which looks not so good) and The Uninvited, which already feels like our zillionth horror flick this year.


Top Weekend Box Office for 1/23/09-1/25/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Columbia Pictures (Sony) $21,500,000 $21,623,182 - 32.1% $64,923,380
2 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Screen Gems $20,700,000 $20,828,511 New $20,828,511
3 Gran Torino Warner Bros. Pictures $15,985,000 $16,244,462 - 26.1% $97,819,975
4 Hotel for Dogs DreamWorks $12,360,000 $12,860,944 - 24.4% $37,455,759
5 Slumdog Millionaire Warner Independent Pictures $10,550,000 $10,699,629 + 82.9% $56,065,245
6 My Bloody Valentine 3D Lionsgate $10,050,000 $10,112,658 - 52.4% $37,687,394
7 Inkheart New Line Cinema $7,725,000 $7,601,379 New $7,601,379
8 Bride Wars Twentieth Century Fox $7,000,000 $6,868,664 - 41.0% $48,570,928
9 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Paramount $6,000,000 $6,085,919 + 9.1% $111,129,482
10 Notorious Fox Searchlight Pictures $5,700,000 $5,779,692 - 71.8% $31,874,538
11 Defiance Paramount Vantage $5,432,000 $5,666,785 - 36.4% $18,564,544
12 Revolutionary Road Paramount Vantage $5,268,000 $5,185,146 +190.8% $11,784,049
  Also Opening/Notables
  Outlander WeinsteinCo. $57,000 $59,581 New $59,581
  Killshot The WeinsteinCo N/A $10,741 New $10,741
  Donkey Punch Magnolia N/A $4,744 New $4,744
  The Unborn Rogue Pictures $4,530,050 $4,359,865 - 53.3% $39,230,025
  Last Chance Harvey Overture Films $3,000,000 $2,865,298 - 33.4% $9,529,976
  Marley & Me Twentieth Century Fox $3,000,000 $3,031,969 - 50.6% $138,092,165
  Bedtime Stories Walt Disney Pictures $1,839,000 $1,955,408 - 58.6% $107,600,474
  Valkyrie United Artists $1,537,000 $1,509,786 - 60.3% $80,740,385
  The Wrestler Fox Searchlight $3,700,000 $3,745,643 +120.0% $9,557,610
  Doubt Miramax Films $852,000 $847,855 - 31.1% $26,753,136
  The Reader The Weinstein Company $1,416,063 $1,403,410 + 9.2% $9,661,121
  Frost/Nixon Universal $3,022,250 $3,022,250 +351.5% $12,005,811
  Milk Focus Features $864,342 $884,715 + 13.6% $21,637,349
  Twilight Summit Entertainment $937,000 $978,618 - 43.9% $185,027,660
  The Dark Knight Warner Bros. Pictures $661,000 $667,397 +6844.% $531,706,809
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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