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Bold Box Office for Star Trek

By John Hamann

May 10, 2009

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Fifth goes to Zac Efron and 17 Again, as the slowdown in new releases is keeping this one alive. 17 Again earned $4.4 million in its fourth weekend and drops 31%. The Warner Bros. effort has now earned $54.2 million.

Next Day Air, a new film from Summit Entertainment, opens quietly in sixth. About two guys who stumble across some cocaine (yeah, let's make a movie about that!) Next Day Air earned a small $4 million from 1,138 venues. It was 17% fresh and will likely disappear from the top ten by next weekend.

Seventh goes to The Soloist. The Robert Downey Jr./Jamie Foxx flick has struggled, and earns a slim $3.6 million this weekend, and drops 36%. It has a running total of $23.5 million.




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Eighth, ninth and tenth are for the kids. Eighth goes to Monsters vs. Aliens, which earned $3.4 million and drops 42%. It has a total of $186.9 million after seven weekends. Ninth goes to Earth, which earned $2.5 million. It drops 43% and has a total of $26.1 million. Finally in tenth is Hannah Montana: The movie, which earned $2.4 million in its fifth frame. Hannah now has a total of $74.1 million.

The second weekend in May is notorious for being the weak sister in the opening month of the summer blockbuster season. Last year, Speed Racer flopped with an $18.5 million opening, leaving Iron Man to repeat at number one with a $51 million gross. The top 12 films finished the weekend with a total of $117 million, well off the $150 million from the weekend before. In 2007, the second weekend of Spider-Man 3 couldn't get the box office above $100 million, as the top 12 finished with $96 million. In 2006 Mission: Impossible III led the weekend to only $85 million. This year, like most of 2009, things are much different. The top 12 for the second weekend in 2009 earned a fantastic $141 million, well ahead of last year's totals. Next weekend, Tom Hanks opens Angels and Demons, so it should be another big frame at the box office.


Top Weekend Box Office for 5/8/09-5/10/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Star Trek Paramount $72,500,000 $75,204,289 New $79,204,289
2 Wolverine Fox $27,000,000 $26,408,288 New $129,032,435
3 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past New Line Cinema $10,450,000 $10,258,141 - 33.4% $30,054,386
4 Obsessed Screen Gems $6,600,000 $6,560,266 - 45.6% $56,207,576
5 17 Again New Line Cinema $4,405,000 $4,232,422 - 33.5% $53,994,515
6 Next Day Air Summit Entertainment $4,000,000 $4,111,043 New $4,111,043
7 The Soloist DreamWorks Pictures $3,605,000 $3,949,430 - 30.2% $23,845,177
8 Monsters vs. Aliens DreamWorks $3,379,000 $3,260,440 - 43.8% $186,774,042
9 Earth Disneynature $2,488,000 $2,666,219 New $26,264,242
10 Hannah Montana: The Movie Walt Disney Pictures $2,414,000 $2,193,043 - 47.3% $73,861,795
11 Fighting Rogue Pictures $2,145,630 $2,010,075 - 49.9% $20,453,095
12 State of Play Universal $1,987,890 $1,918,295 - 48.4% $33,986,760
  Also Opening/Notables
  Rudo y Cursi Sony Classics $210,647 $211,460 New $211,460
  Little Ashes Regent N/A $73,394 New $73,394
  Adoration Sony Classics $43,734 $39,358 New $39,358
  Kabei Strand N/A $3,072 New $3,072
  The Limits of Control Focus Features $47,243 $45,687 - 18.2% $125,463
  Fast & Furious Universal Pictures $1,317,415 $1,254,010 - 54.6% $151,798,755
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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