Weekend Wrap-Up

Star Power Back In Control of Box Office

By John Hamann

March 22, 2009

Hey, dumbfounded! That's one of Nic's best looks!

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Speaking of limping, The Last House on the Left got crushed in its second weekend, moving from an okay $14.1 million last weekend to an embarrassing $5.9 million this weekend. That equals a drop of 58% and joins a list of films released in 2009 with some massive drops. Last House joins big droppers like Notorious (72% drop), Friday the 13th (80% plunge), and the Jonas Brothers Concert Movie (77% drop). Last House has a total so far of $24 million, and could be gone by next weekend.

Seventh is Taken, Liam Neeson's leggy revenge flick. Taken earned $4.1 million and drops 38%. It has a total so far of $133.1 million. Obviously, the death of Natasha Richardson overshadows any success for her husband, and BOP sends its regards to this massive acting family. This is a true shock and a sad time for us all.

Slumdog Millionaire continues its incredibly successful run this weekend in eighth, as it spends its 18th weekend in release. This weekend, Slumdog earned $2.7 milllion, and was off 46% from the prior weekend. The Fox Searchlight release has now earned $137.2 million stateside, and the same amount overseas. Its success is due to continue, as Slumdog hits DVD sales shelves on March 31st.


Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail hangs on for one more weekend, and continues to be the most successful Tyler Perry flick of his career. Madea earned $2.5 million in its fifth weekend, and was off 51% from the previous frame. This one now has a running total of $87.2 million.

Finishing tenth this weekend is not Paul Blart: Mall Cop (let's take a moment to pause, as this is the first weekend in the last ten that Paul Blart has not made the top ten). Number ten goes to Coraline, Henry Selick's animated masterpiece. Coraline earned $2.1 million this weekend (its seventh) and drops 21%. Coraline has been one of the nicest surprises of the 2009 season thus far, and has a total so far of $72.9 million.

Overall, the box office is blah. The top 12 films this weeekend earned $97.5 million, right on par with the top 12 last year, which took in about $98.9 million. Next weekend, things look better, as Monsters vs Aliens looks like at least a $40 million plus opener. Also opening are Lionsgate's The Haunting in Connecticut and 12 Rounds from Fox.

Top Weekend Box Office for 3/20/09-3/22/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Knowing Summit Entertainment $24,814,000 $24,604,751 New $24,604,751
2 I Love You, Man DreamWorks Pictures $18,005,000 $17,810,270 New $17,810,270
3 Duplicity Universal $14,401,530 $13,965,110 New $13,965,110
4 Race to Witch Mountain Walt Disney Pictures $13,004,000 $12,786,041 - 47.6% $44,496,593
5 Watchmen Warner Bros. $6,725,000 $6,801,114 - 61.8% $98,140,886
6 The Last House on the Left Rogue Pictures $5,920,930 $5,776,160 - 59.1% $23,902,420
7 Taken Twentieth Century Fox $4,100,000 $4,057,695 - 38.2% $133,096,403
8 Slumdog Millionaire Warner Independent Pictures $2,700,000 $2,676,369 - 46.5% $137,178,177
9 Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail Lionsgate $2,510,000 $2,566,535 - 49.8% $87,264,219
10 Coraline Focus Features $2,142,689 $2,130,246 - 21.6% $72,841,173
11 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Columbia Pictures (Sony) $1,900,000 $1,842,984 - 40.9% $141,052,214
12 He's Just Not That Into You New Line Cinema $1,270,000 $1,250,201 - 57.5% $91,544,583
  The Great Buck Howard Magnolia Pictures $117,000 $115,004 New $115,004
  Sin Nombre Focus Features $77,403 $81,446 New $81,446
  Super Capers Roadside Attractions $20,000 $21,463 New $21,463
  Hunger IFC Films N/A $13,838 New $13,838
  Skills Like This Shadow N/A $9,413 New $9,413
  Sunshine Cleaning Overture Films $705,161 $671,529 +206.4% $959,952
  Miss March Fox Searchlight Pictures $680,000 $664,351 - 72.4% $4,121,295
  Fired Up Screen Gems $750,000 $701,639 - 57.4% $16,755,117
  Confessions of a Shopaholic Touchstone Pictures $761,000 $741,893 - 61.8% $42,928,251
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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