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Jonas Brothers No Miley Cyrus at the Box Office

By John Hamann

March 1, 2009

Aw, they got all dressed up for nothing

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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li arrives in eighth, which is better than where I thought this one might end up. Street Fighter grossed a laughable $4.7 million this weekend from a telling 1,706 venues. At least we have something to celebrate with this one, as it is our first wide release of 2009 to end up with a 0% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes (at least at the time of this writing), and gives us an early contender for Worst Film of the Year.

Earning the prize of 'beaten by Street Fighter' is Confessions of a Shopaholic, the now three-weekend-old comedy from Disney, the only studio that struggled in February. Shopaholic earned $4.5 million, and was off 33% compared to last weekend. The Isla Fisher comedy has now earned a not great $33.7 million, and should disappear next weekend.

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The lack of power in the top ten is evidenced by our number ten film, as Fired Up! manages to hold onto a prime spot, despite the Oscar winners. Fired Up! drops a better than expected 31% and finishes with a weekend total of $3.8 million. The teen comedy has now earned $10.1 million.

Overall, it's clear that the box office is waiting for Watchmen. And despite that fact, a lower-than-expected total for the Jonas Brothers movie - and only one Oscar film in the top ten - the box office still managed to stay ahead of last year. This weekend, the top 12 films took in $87.6 million, whereas last year, with Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro on top with $15 million, the top 12 earned a sad $79.7 million. For 2009, this is the first weekend the box office top 12 dropped below $100 million. Next weekend, everything will change, and should be very interesting. Watchmen, the $100 million, R-rated, 2 hour and 43 minute comic book spectacular, is due to hit at least 3,500 screens. Tune in next weekend to see how it all unfolds.


Top Weekend Box Office for 2/27/09-3/1/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail Lionsgate $16,500,000 $16,175,926 - 60.6% $64,525,548
2 The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Walt Disney Pictures $12,700,000 $12,510,374 New $12,510,374
3 Slumdog Millionaire Warner Independent Pictures $12,150,000 $12,026,343 + 43.4% $115,024,121
4 Taken Twentieth Century Fox $9,950,000 $9,864,197 - 12.6% $107,796,273
5 He's Just Not That Into You New Line Cinema $5,875,000 $6,011,405 - 29.8% $78,661,321
6 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Columbia Pictures (Sony) $5,600,000 $5,602,392 - 17.9% $128,107,912
7 Coraline Focus Features $5,252,363 $5,261,129 - 54.0% $61,112,744
8 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li 20th Century Fox $4,650,000 $4,721,110 New $4,721,110
9 Confessions of a Shopaholic Touchstone Pictures $4,490,000 $4,634,534 - 31.3% $33,806,050
10 Fired Up Screen Gems $3,800,000 $3,701,562 - 32.5% $10,038,772
11 Friday the 13th New Line Cinema $3,705,000 $3,689,156 - 53.6% $60,700,752
12 Gran Torino Warner Bros. Pictures $2,975,000 $3,022,228 - 17.8% $138,632,157
  Also Opening/Notables
  Crossing Over The Weinstein Company $75,590 $77,370 New $77,370
  Under the Sea 3d (IMAX) Warner Bros. $563,000 $539,022 New $2,411,593
  The Wrestler Fox Searchlight $1,365,000 $1,387,672 - 25.0% $23,512,104
  The Reader The Weinstein Company $2,918,366 $2,860,429 + 8.2% $26,949,964
  Frost/Nixon Universal $320,100 $364,660 - 44.2% $17,891,416
  Milk Focus Features $1,465,403 $1,483,395 + 39.1% $30,004,709
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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