Weekend Box Office (January 7 - 9, 2000)
** Read the NEW Studio Spotlight 1999 Year-end Wrapup **
THIS�WEEKEND Moviegoers opted to see existing holiday leftovers as the top six films remained the same as last weekend despite playing musical chairs. A handful of late-year dramas expanded into nationwide runs and witnessed mixed results. The plethora of titles allowed for tremendous breadth as 17 films grossed more than $1M each over the Friday-to-Sunday frame. The leading movies all experienced small declines helping to drive a box office running on the strength of holiday hits.
Once again, Stuart Little led the box office derby with $11.2M in ticket sales, according to final studio figures, in its fourth weekend of play. The Sony family hit has topped the charts three of those four periods and has scurried away with a fantastic $95.3M to date. Look for Little to hit the big $100M mark by the end of the week.
Warner Bros. saw a small decline for its drama The Green Mile which rose two spots to second place. Down only 17%, the Tom Hanks jail tale grossed $9.7M giving it $91.3M thus far and a good chance of crossing the century mark next weekend.
The devious Matt Damon found himself in the number three spot again with The Talented Mr. Ripley which grossed $9.3M in its third weekend of release. The Paramount drama dropped 25% and boosted its total to $54.2M with a solid $4,025 average.
Al Pacino's Any Given Sunday scored $8.8M (off 25%) pushing its cume to $59.2M. The fourth place film is well on its way to becoming one of the top grossing titles ever for Pacino and director Oliver Stone.
The family films Galaxy Quest and Toy Story 2 followed with weekend sales of $8M and $7.2M respectively. The DreamWorks sci-fi comedy displayed considerable stamina by slipping just 17% and has taken in $38.5M so far. The lack of science fiction stories this winter seems to have helped the Tim Allen-Sigourney Weaver picture. Toy Story 2 has zoomed to $219.7M making it the second highest-grossing animated film in history after The Lion King's $312.9M.
Paul T. Anderson's critically acclaimed picture Magnolia finally debuted in wide release and placed seventh with $5.7M. Promoted as a touching story with many glimpses of Tom Cruise, the New Line release averaged a solid $5,507 which was the best in the top ten. Adding in revenue from limited engagements, Magnolia has grossed $6.6M to date. However, the actual weekend take was a hefty $900,000 less than the $6.6M that New Line originally estimated on Sunday.
Bicentennial Man snagged $5.3M while Deuce Bigalow made $5M. The Robin Williams family film has reached a cume of $47.2M while the more profitable Rob Schneider comedy slid a slim 13% putting it at an arousing $54.1M after its fifth weekend.
The Ethan Hawke romance Snow Falling on Cedars moved into nationwide release over the weekend and grossed $3.9M from 1,150 locations. The Universal title averaged a mediocre $3,400 per site and has collected $4.1M to date.
Dropping out of the top ten were two star vehicles that have underperformed at the box office this holiday season. Fox's Anna and the King, starring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat, took in $3.6M putting its cume at $30.9M to date. The $75M+ romantic adventure looks to complete its domestic run with about $40-45M. Jim Carrey's portrayal of Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon attracted $3.3M over the weekend giving the Universal release $30.2M overall. The $52M tale should also conclude with around $40-45M.
Miramax's The Cider House Rules widened into 816 locations and brought in $3.1M giving it $8.2M so far. The picture's per-theater average of $3,776 was not very special.
Disney's IMAX film Fantasia 2000 enjoyed its first full weekend of release by taking in $2.6M on only 54 screens nationwide. The animated film's $47,958 per-theater average was by far the best for any picture and boosted the nine-day sum to a superb $6.9M.
Universal's The Hurricane delivered a mighty blow to the box office grossing $2.5M over the weekend as it expanded into 159 theaters. The true story of a wrongly imprisoned boxer averaged a socko $15,920 per theater and lifted the cume to $3.2M. The Hurricane's performance so far has been exemplary and bodes well for its national release on Friday.
Compared to projections, Stuart Little came close to my $10M forecast while The Talented Mr. Ripley performed better than my $7.5M prediction. Magnolia came near my $7M projection while Snow Falling on Cedars was on target with my $4M forecast. The Cider House Rules and The Hurricane also were very close to my respective predictions of $3M and $2.5M.
Read the annual Box Office Guru Studio Spotlight reviewing the highlights of 1999. The report includes the projected final grosses of the top 50 films of 1999.
Take this week's NEW Reader Survey on Hannibal, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. In last week's survey, readers were asked who was the biggest box office star of the 1990s. Of 2,764 responses, 28% selected Tom Hanks, 20% said Arnold Schwarzenegger, 19% voted for Tom Cruise, 16% picked Jim Carrey, 9% opted for Julia Roberts, and 8% went with Robin Williams.
Be sure to read the Weekly Rewind column which reports on the top January openings from the last decade. For reviews of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Man on the Moon visit The Chief Report.
The top ten films over the weekend grossed $74.2M which was up 4% from last year when A Civil Action opened at the top with $15.2M, but down 9% from 1998 when Titanic ruled with $28.7M.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Next Friday opens and The Hurricane debuts nationwide.
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|#||Title||Jan. 7 - 9||Dec. 31 - Jan. 2||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Dist.|
|1||Stuart Little||$ 11,214,503||$ 16,022,757||-30.0||2,979||4||$ 3,765||$ 95,320,551||Sony|
|2||The Green Mile||9,731,478||11,775,891||-17.4||2,678||5||3,634||91,298,396||Warner Bros.|
|3||The Talented Mr. Ripley||9,322,535||12,387,523||-24.7||2,316||3||4,025||54,186,228||Paramount|
|4||Any Given Sunday||8,779,880||11,658,852||-24.7||2,505||3||3,505||59,218,170||Warner Bros.|
|6||Toy Story 2||7,153,489||12,424,539||-42.4||2,752||8||2,599||219,705,755||Buena Vista|
|8||Bicentennial Man||5,308,109||8,282,585||-35.9||2,612||4||2,032||47,224,648||Buena Vista|
|9||Deuce Bigalow||5,032,036||5,749,165||-12.5||2,066||5||2,436||54,108,774||Buena Vista|
|10||Snow Falling on Cedars||3,910,055||48,860||1,150||3||3,400||4,078,058||Universal|
|11||Anna and the King||3,646,935||5,362,413||-32.0||2,004||4||1,820||30,926,136||Fox|
|12||Man on the Moon||3,324,650||5,405,400||-38.5||2,065||3||1,610||30,193,435||Universal|
|13||The Cider House Rules||3,077,420||1,547,749||98.8||816||5||3,771||8,222,514||Miramax|
|14||Fantasia 2000||2,589,728||2,290,525||13.1||54||2||47,958||6,943,665||Buena Vista|
|16||The World Is Not Enough||1,828,997||2,867,053||-36.2||1,317||8||1,389||120,916,345||MGM/UA|
|18||End of Days||841,455||1,275,605||-34.0||813||7||1,035||64,532,605||Universal|
|19||The End of the Affair||636,573||363,449||75.1||92||6||6,919||2,422,131||Sony|
|Top 5||$ 47,071,249||$ 64,269,562||-26.8|
This column is updated three times each week : Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Source : EDI, Exhibitor Relations. Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated : January 10 at 7:30PM EST
Written by Gitesh Pandya