Weekend Wrap-Up

Slow Weekend Slams Fame, Surrogates

By John Hamann

September 27, 2009

He's getting too old for this.

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Fifth goes to Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. After opening to $23.4 million, this Tyler Perry entry did the usual, and plummeted 58% in its second weekend. This weekend, its third, I Can Do Bad earned $4.8 million, and drops another 52%. So far, the Madea flick has earned $44.5 million, and looks to finish in about the middle of Perry releases.

Pandorum, the Dennis Quaid sci-fi horror film (there's a statement that makes sense), finishes in sixth. From Overture Films, Pandorum earned $4.4 million from 2,506 venues, and had a god-awful venue average of $1,759. The marketing department behind this one should be shot because just making your TV ad murky and dark isn't enough – if we don't have a clue what it's about, we aren't going to go. The scary thing is that Pandorum got the best reviews of the weekend, beating both Fame and Surrogates, albeit with less reviews counted. One never knows – Pandorum could end up being a cult hit on DVD.

Seventh goes to Love Happens, the Jennifer Aniston bomb that debuted last weekend. The romantic drama earned $4.3 million in its second weekend and drops a rough 46%. The $18 million film, distributed by Universal, has now earned $14.7 million.

Jennifer's Body drops from fifth last weekend to eighth this weekend. The Megan Fox horror flick earned $3.5 million and dropped 49%. This one has now earned $12.3 million, and we bid good riddance to bad rubbish. The best news of the weekend is that I won't have to hear about Megan Fox until next August. Woohoo!


Ninth goes appropriately to 9, as this one couldn't find an audience. 9 earned $2.8 million and dropped 49%. It has now earned $27.1 million.

Inglourious Basterds finishes tenth, as Brad Pitt and friends earn $2.7 milllion and drop 29%. Count this one as win for Tarantino and the Weinsteins, as Basterds has now taken in $114.5 million domestically and a similar amount overseas.

With all three openers missing, the box office takes a bit of a hit on its overall score this weekend. The top 12 films could only manage $82.7 million, a bit off the $87.7 million that last year's top 12 earned. Next weekend things could pick up. Zombieland, the interesting looking horror/comedy with Woody Harrelson, opens next weekend, along with the 2 Toy Story films in 3-D, The Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais, and Whip It from Fox Searchlight.

Top Weekend Box Office for 9/25/09-9/27/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Sony/Columbia $24,600,000 $25,038,803 - 17.4% $60,474,555
2 Surrogates Touchstone Pictures $15,000,000 $14,902,692 New $14,902,692
3 Fame MGM $10,033,000 $10,011,682 New $10,011,682
4 The Informant! Warner Bros. Pictures $6,915,000 $6,624,085 - 36.7% $20,700,946
5 Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself Lionsgate $4,750,000 $4,759,833 - 51.8% $44,552,477
6 Pandorum Overture Films $4,408,000 $4,424,126 New $4,424,126
7 Love Happens Universal Pictures $4,327,440 $4,307,980 - 46.5% $14,708,710
8 Jennifer's Body 20th Century Fox $3,500,000 $3,664,559 - 46.6% $12,470,373
9 9 Focus Features $2,832,053 $2,959,231 - 46.8% $27,227,811
10 Inglourious Basterds The Weinstein Company $2,722,000 $2,683,198 - 29.7% $114,420,733
11 All About Steve 20th Century Fox $2,300,000 $2,285,666 - 32.2% $29,939,811
12 The Final Destination New Line Cinema $1,300,000 $1,376,614 - 42.4% $64,603,402
  Also Opening/Notables
  I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell $368,760 $366,909 New $366,909
  Capitalism: A Love Story Overture Films $240,000 $231,964 New $298,550
  Paranormal Activity Paramount $80,000 $77,873 New $77,873
  The Boys Are Back Miramax $51,000 $49,342 New $49,342
  Bright Star Apparition $682,309 $671,895 New $962,153
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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