Weekend Wrap-Up

Fast & Furious Races To Over $70 Million

By John Hamann

April 5, 2009

Oh, come on.

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Fifth goes to the comedy I Love You, Man with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Now in its third weekend, I Love You, Man earned $7.9 million and was off 38%. That's two consecutive strong holds for this one, as it performs admirably amongst some solid competition. As an off-shoot, there was a story in my morning paper today about where to go on man-dates in California. This one may turn into the next Paul Blart, but let's wait another weekend to get into those comparisons. I Love You, Man has now earned $49.3 million, and is well ahead of where Forgetting Sarah Marshall was after three weekends ($44.7 million), despite similar opening weekends.

Sixth goes to our other new film in release this weekend, Greg Mottola's Adventureland. With an opening in sixth, Adventureland is obviously no Superbad ($33 million opening on 2,948 screens), but it did okay considering. Adventureland opened to $6 million from a slim venue count of only 1,862, giving it a rough average of $2,127. The biggest problem for this flick is how busy it is overall at cinemas. Adventureland and its 88% fresh rating at RottenTomatoes got squeezed out of the box office pie, as the comedy failed to have a hook to draw patrons. I'm hoping Adventureland doesn't go away after one weekend, and that word-of-mouth propels this one in the future.

Duplicity takes the number seven spot, as the Julia Roberts/Clive Owen flick has failed to gain any traction at the box office. Duplicity earned $4.3 million this weekend, its third, and drops 44% compared to last weekend. The $60 million production has now earned $32.4 million.

Eighth goes to Race to Witch Mountain, as The Rock battles to get his flick into the $70 million area. He has a better weekend than last, when Race dropped 55% against the open of Monsters vs. Aliens. This weekend, Race to Witch Mountain earned $3.4 million and drops 42%. It has a running total so far of $58.4 million.


The Fox and WWE flick 12 Rounds lands in ninth. Expectedly, the John Cena action flick earns $2.3 million and falls 57%. Time to give this one the hook with a gross so far of $9 million.

Overture Films' Sunshine Cleaning finishes tenth despite being out to only 479 venues. The comedy, which stars Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, brought in $1.9 million, an increase of 48% from last weekend when it was out to only 167 venues. This one is 67% fresh at RottenTomatoes, and has a running total of $4.8 million.

Overall this weekend, things are very, very good. With the surprisingly large open for Fast & Furious, on the heels of Monsters vs. Aliens, the top 12 films earned an awesome $152.3 million, a figure we didn't see last year until May, but this year, with the economic downturn, have seen a remarkable three times. A year ago over the same weekend, the top 12 films earned only $80 million, a far cry from what we are seeing this weekend. Next weekend, things could be big again. Miley Cyrus opens Hannah Montana: The Movie for Disney, Seth Rogen opens Observe and Report which looks an awful lot like Paul Blart: Mall Cop (except this one might be funny), and Fox brings up Dragonball Evolution. See you next weekend.

Top Weekend Box Office for 4/3/09-4/5/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Fast & Furious Universal Pictures $72,507,950 $70,950,500 New $70,950,500
2 Monsters vs. Aliens DreamWorks $33,510,000 $32,609,165 - 45.0% $104,799,387
3 The Haunting in Connecticut Lionsgate $9,550,000 $9,481,647 - 58.8% $37,171,280
4 Knowing Summit Entertainment $8,130,000 $8,146,156 - 44.6% $58,219,770
5 I Love You, Man DreamWorks Pictures $7,850,000 $7,722,468 - 39.1% $49,159,558
6 Adventureland Miramax Films $6,010,000 $5,722,039 New $5,722,039
7 Duplicity Universal $4,300,010 $4,174,240 - 45.6% $32,250,215
8 Race to Witch Mountain Walt Disney Pictures $3,351,000 $3,212,602 - 44.6% $58,249,111
9 12 Rounds 20th Century Fox $2,300,000 $2,260,906 - 57.6% $8,982,767
10 Sunshine Cleaning Overture Films $1,879,000 $1,807,164 + 41.8% $4,702,721
11 Taken Twentieth Century Fox $1,580,000 $1,544,471 - 42.7% $139,416,323
12 The Last House on the Left Rogue Pictures $1,311,525 $1,259,325 - 52.4% $30,674,195
  Also Opening/Notables
  Bart Got a Room Anchor Bay N/A $32,764 New $32,764
  Tulpan Zeitgeist N/A $8,620 New $10,357
  Song of Sparrows Regent N/A $7,863 New $7,863
  Sin Nombre Focus Features $194,057 $184,380 +162.8% $398,982
  Watchmen Warner Bros. $1,085,000 $1,074,320 - 60.7% $105,346,566
  Slumdog Millionaire Warner Independent Pictures $510,000 $499,257 - 57.1% $140,244,722
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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