Friday Box Office Analysis

By Tim Briody

September 3, 2005

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Only two of Labor Day weekend's new releases make the box office top ten for Friday. Anyone surprised by this, raise your hand. I thought so.

The Transporter 2

The Jason Statham sequel took in $5.7 million Friday, a good uptick from the $3 million the first Transporter opened to in October of 2002. That film had an opening weekend of $9.1 million, which was a decent 3.03 multiplier. I don't expect a sequel to duplicate that, so I'll give it a 2.6 for a three-day tally of $14.8 million and a four-day total of around $16.5 million.

The Constant Gardener

In just 1,346 theaters, Oscar bait The Constant Gardener dug up $2.2 million Friday. After earning another $1.7 million since Wednesday, it's gotten off to a good start. The Focus Features film should have a multiplier of 3.1, good for a $6.8 million weekend and over $9 million in six days.

Notable Holdovers

The Brothers Grimm drops a very grim 68.5% from a week ago. It'll take in barely more than $5 million for the weekend.

With Underclassman and A Sound of Thunder DOA, The Cave gets to spend another weekend in the top ten, but it falls hard, down 69.2% from last Friday. Give it a bit under $3 million for the five days.


Projected Estimates for the Top Ten (Three-Day)
Projected
Rank
Film
Estimated Gross
1 The Transporter 2 14.8
2 The 40 Year-Old Virgin 11.7
3 The Constant Gardener 6.8
4 Red Eye 6.2
5 The Brothers Grimm 5.1
6 Four Brothers 4.5
7 Wedding Crashers 4.0
8 March of the Penguins 3.6
9 Skeleton Key 2.5
10 The Cave 2.4

     


 
 

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