Weekend Wrap-Up

Harry Potter and the Front-loaded Opening Frame

By John Hamann

July 19, 2009

Harry has no spell to defend himself against this one.

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The Proposal continues its leggy run, as it is now starting to look like the Paul Blart of chick flicks. The Proposal earned $8.3 million, dropping a slight 22% after dropping only 18% in the last frame. The Sandra Bullock comedy has now earned $128.1 million and is now the biggest film of her career, as The Proposal has out-grossed Speed's domestic tally of $122 million.

Public Enemies tumbles three spots to seventh as the Johnny Depp film struggles again. The Michael Mann flick earned $7.6 million and falls 45%. After a decent $40 million five-day start, Public Enemies has showed no traction, and the $100 million film now has a total of $79.5 million.

Up holds on to eighth spot. The Disney/Pixar flick earned $3.1 million and dropped 33%. After the big drop when the also 3-D Ice Age 3 entered the picture (50%), Up has recovered nicely. It now has a running total of $279.6 million, and is still just getting started overseas.


Ninth place is My Sister's Keeper, the weeper that didn't keep her. My Sister's Keeper earned $2.9 million in its fourth frame and dropped 34%. The Cameron Diaz flick now has a total of $41.5 million, ahead of its $27.5 million production budget.

Finally, in tenth we have I Love You Beth Cooper, which opened poorly to $4.9 million. Things didn't get any better for Beth this weekend, as the movie had a gross of $2.7 million and a drop of 46%. The $18 million Fox comedy now has a total of $10.3 million.

Overall, the box office didn't have a chance to keep up with last year, as it has now been a year since The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia! opened over the same frame. Over that historic weekend, the top 12 films tallied $253 million, the biggest weekend ever. Even with Harry Potter leading the charge, the top 12 could only muster $153.9 million, leaving this weekend 39% behind last year. Next weekend we get back to rolling the dice on potential weekend successes, instead of the sure-things like Harry Potter, Transformers and Ice Age. Openers next weekend include talking hamsters in G-Force, some competition for Sandra Bullock with The Ugly Truth, and an interesting horror film in The Orphan.

Top Weekend Box Office for 7/17/09-7/19/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Warner Bros. N/A $77,835,727 New $158,022,354
2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Twentieth Century Fox $17,700,000 $17,561,406 - 36.4% $151,865,987
3 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DreamWorks Pictures $13,750,000 $13,691,487 - 43.5% $363,808,123
4 Bruno Universal $8,373,565 $8,318,385 - 72.8% $49,533,475
5 The Proposal Touchstone Pictures $8,294,000 $8,289,707 - 21.8% $128,083,273
6 The Hangover Warner Bros. Pictures $8,315,000 $8,177,272 - 17.7% $235,744,423
7 Public Enemies Universal Pictures $7,592,330 $7,748,235 - 43.8% $79,639,205
8 Up Walt Disney Pictures $3,147,000 $3,172,014 - 32.7% $279,583,282
9 My Sister's Keeper Warner Bros. Pictures $2,825,000 $2,828,367 - 34.1% $41,507,695
10 I Love You, Beth Cooper 20th Century Fox $2,665,000 $2,766,863 - 43.8% $10,363,239
11 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Columbia Pictures (Sony) $900,000 $889,259 - 42.4% $62,900,310
12 (500) Days of Summer Fox Searchlight $837,588 $834,501 New $834,501
  Also Opening/Notables
The Hurt Locker Summit Entertainment $764,000 $740,224 + 15.4% $2,148,619
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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