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Weekend Wrap-Up for March 16-18, 2007

By David Mumpower

March 18, 2007

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Zodiac continues its plunge out of the top ten this week. After debuting in second place, it fell to fifth place last week and continues the ‘three spots at a time' slide to eighth this weekend. The serial killer drama earned an estimated $3.1 million, a depreciation of 54% from last weekend. Zodiac has earned a grand total of $28.9 million after 17 days of release. Given its budget of $80 million, there is no way to describe this one as anything other than a dud for Paramount.

Rounding out the top ten are Norbit and Music and Lyrics. The Eddie Murphy fat suit comedy is the fifth film in the top ten to have already earned at least $75 million. Its estimated weekend box office of $2.7 million gives it a total of $92.4 million with $100 million remaining a distinct possibility if it can hold momentum a bit longer. The news for the Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore comedy isn't quite as sunny, but another $2.2 million puts it right on the cusp of $50 million at $47.4 million. It's showing a bit of staying power for a title that earned $13.6 million in its first weekend.




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Anchored by 300 and several strong holdovers, the top ten managed $98.6 million compared to last year's $89.7 million. That's an increase of 9.9%. The 2007 box office campaign is speeding along like a Japanese bullet train right now and the news only gets better with May's juggernaut line-up only six weeks away. In the interim, we get bombarded with six (!) new releases next weekend. The lineup is highlighted by TMNT, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga; Shooter, an action film starring Mark Wahlberg - the only cast member of The Departed to receive an Academy Award nomination for the movie...how odd is that?; and Reign Over Me, a 9/11-based drama featuring comedian Adam Sandler in a dramatic role alongside BOP fave Don Cheadle. There is also an African-American swim film called Pride, featuring the wonderful Terrence Howard, a children's flick called The Last Mimzy and the movie sequel dearest to BOP staff member Dan Krovich's heart, The Hills Have Eyes 2. Needless to say, next weekend's box office should be fascinating as a slew of newcomers try to prove they are tougher and more appealing than 300 Spartans.


Top Ten for Weekend of March 16-18, 2007
Rank
Film
Number
of Sites
Percentage Drop from Last Week
Estimated
Gross ($)
Cumulative
Gross ($)
1 300 3,270 -56% 31.2 127.5
2 Wild Hogs 3,360 -32% 18.8 104.0
3 Premonition 2,831 New 18.0 18.0
4 Dead Silence 1,803 New 7.8 7.8
5 I Think I Love My Wife 1,776 New 5.7 5.7
6 Bridge to Terabithia 3,091 -24% 5.1 75.0
7 Ghost Rider 2,824 -40% 4.0 110.2
8 Zodiac 2,362 -54% 3.1 28.9
9 Norbit 2,016 -36% 2.7 92.4
10 Music and Lyrics 1,850 -41% 2.2 47.4

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