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Weekend Wrap-Up

First it was Miley. Now Zac dominates the box office.

By John Hamann

April 19, 2009

Good lord. He's morphing into a Jonas brother.

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Eighth spot goes to Knowing, the Nic Cage disaster flick that is now five weekends old. Knowing earned $3.5 million and was off 46%. The Summit Entertainment release now has a total of $73.7 million.

I Love You, Man finishes ninth this weekend, and I find it somewhat surprising that this one never managed to get ahead of Cage's Knowing. I Love You, Man, also in its fifth weekend, earned $3.4 million and was off 46% from last weekend. The Paul Rudd comedy has now earned $64.7 million, and it looks like it will outgross Rudd's last movie, Role Models, which surprised with a $67.3 million finish.




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Finally in tenth is The Haunting in Conneticut. The Lionsgate flick has gotten lucky throughout its run, and I imagine the studio is ecstatic to have earned $3.2 million from this one in its fourth weekend. It was off 47%, and now has a total of $51.9 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office continues its blistering pace. Last year, throughout April, the top 12 films finished between $80 and $82 million. In 2009, the box office was already ahead by $100 million after only two weekends in April, thanks to Fast & Furious and Hannah Montana. The same weekend last year saw an $82.9 million top 12 on the strenght of The Forbidden Kingdom, which opened to $21 million. The top 12 this weekend - thanks to five $10 million plus films – earned $99.4 million. Next weekend brings some interesting titles, but nothing on more than 2,400 screens. Opening films include Obsessed with Beyonce Knowles, The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, Fighting, and Earth. Is this a dump prior to the Wolverine opening? Check back next weekend to find out.


Top Weekend Box Office for 4/17/09-4/19/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 17 Again New Line Cinema $24,065,000 $23,722,310 New $23,722,310
2 State of Play Universal $14,099,090 $14,071,280 New $14,071,280
3 Hannah Montana: The Movie Walt Disney Pictures $12,666,000 $13,406,217 - 58.5% $56,874,039
4 Monsters vs. Aliens DreamWorks $12,900,000 $13,240,233 - 39.3% $163,063,465
5 Fast & Furious Universal Pictures $12,289,530 $11,774,715 - 56.8% $136,205,795
6 Crank: High Voltage Lionsgate $6,510,000 $6,963,565 New $6,963,565
7 Observe and Report Warner Bros. Pictures $4,055,000 $4,174,939 - 62.1% $18,812,239
8 Knowing Summit Entertainment $3,478,000 $3,574,727 - 44.4% $73,795,283
9 I Love You, Man DreamWorks Pictures $3,370,000 $3,327,668 - 47.0% $64,614,979
10 The Haunting in Connecticut Lionsgate $3,150,000 $3,114,892 - 47.2% $51,883,389
11 Dragonball Evolution 20th Century Fox $1,575,000 $1,684,942 - 64.6% $7,934,562
12 Adventureland Miramax Films $1,291,000 $1,331,696 - 60.3% $14,064,483
  Also Opening/Notables
  American Violet Samuel Goldwyn $257,114 $243,162 New $243,162
  Is Anybody There? Story Island $45,112 $46,209 New $46,209
  Sleep Dealer Maya $30,100 $35,050 New $35,050
  Leon Morin, Priest Rialto N/A $9,515 New $9,515
  Duplicity Universal $1,126,800 $1,113,795 - 62.8% $39,052,330
  Sin Nombre Focus Features $256,813 $258,484 - 22.4% $1,185,240
  Sunshine Cleaning Overture Films $1,000,000 $980,560 - 43.4% $8,795,970
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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