Weekend Box Office (January 14 - 17, 2005)
by Sujit Chawla
** 2004 Box Office Wrapup **
THIS WEEKEND In what has to be considered a little bit of an upset, the high school drama Coach Carter took the box office crown this weekend, while the favorite coming into the weekend, Elektra, took a disappointing fourth place. Kidpic Racing Stripes opened to decent numbers in third and Universal saw a successful wide release for In Good Company.
Samuel L. Jackson headlined Paramount's basketball flick Coach Carter. The PG-13 film opened to a strong $29.2M this weekend, according to final four-day studio figures, for a per screen average of $11,556. The opening of Coach Carter was stronger than director Thomas Carter's Save the Last Dance, which opened over the MLK holiday weekend back in 2001 to a four-day total of $27.5M, although Last Dance had a larger per screen average of $12,343. Last Dance went on to gross an impressive $91M.
Dropping one spot to second place was the monster known as Meet the Fockers. Dropping 21% from last weekend's three-day totals, the holiday behemoth brought in another $22.5M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its cume to $234.3M. It now stands at number 41 on the all-time box office chart, just ahead of Cast Away's $233.6M, and just behind the $234.7M put up by 1984's Beverly Hills Cop.
Debuting this weekend and landing in third place was the talking animal film, Racing Stripes. Featuring the voices of Frankie Muniz, Dustin Hoffman and others, the PG-rated Stripes took in $18.9M this holiday weekend, for a per screen average of $5,922. Opening pictures aimed towards a child-sized audience during MLK weekend has been profitable over the last few years as 2003's Kangaroo Jack opened with $21.9M on its way to $66.9M and 2002's Snow Dogs opened with $23.7M on its way to $81.1M.
Universal went wide this weekend with In Good Company and the Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace and Scarlett Johannson comedy zoomed up to number four with a haul of $16.6M. Its per screen average of $10,625 was second highest in the top ten. Its total after three weeks now stands at $17.1M.
Landing with a thud at number five was Jennifer Garner's entry into superhero-land, Elektra. The film, which many figured would fly to number one this weekend, grossed $14.8M, for a per screen average of a less-than-stellar $4,617. While not expected to fly as high as Daredevil, which featured Garner's character, Elektra was anticipated to do much better than it did. Daredevil, which opened Valentine's Day weekend of 2003, opened with a bang with $40.3M on its way to a cume of $102.5M. Elektra's mild opening follows in the footsteps of another female-driven superhero film, Halle Berry's Catwoman, which opened this past summer to $16.7M on its way to a total of $40.2M.
Falling 43% from its surprisingly strong opening last weekend, was the Universal thriller, White Noise. The Michael Keaton-led film grossed $13.8M this weekend, for a per screen average of $6,060. Its total now stands at $42.9M. Look for the film to finish its run in the $65-70M range. In seventh place was Golden Globe winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama, The Aviator. Starring Golden Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, the tale of the late Howard Hughes took in another $6.4M this weekend for a drop of 15% from last weekend's three-day numbers. Its cume now stands at $51.5M and should receive a bump from its Globe awards and expected Oscar nominations next week.
In eighth place was the Jim Carrey driven Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which unfortunately brought in $5.3M this weekend, down 28% from last weekend. Its total now stands at $112.4M. In ninth was The Phantom of the Opera. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the musical tale took in $4.6M, up 35% from last weekend, thanks to the addition of 285 screens. Its total now stands at $27.5M. And rounding out the top ten was everyone's favorite fat man, Fat Albert, which snuck by Ocean's Twelve with its Monday gross. Albert ate up $3.8M this weekend bringing its total cume to $45.6M.
Dropping out of the top ten, the boys of Ocean's Twelve stole another $3.5M this weekend bringing its total haul to $120.5M after six weeks of release. After six weeks of release back in 2001/2002, Ocean's Eleven had grossed $162.6M.
The top ten grossed $135.9M this weekend, up 27% from last year when Along Came Polly opened at number one with $32.4M in four days.
Compared to projections, Coach Carter opened stronger than Gitesh's $19M three-day weekend prediction, Elektra opened weaker than his $22M three-day estimate, while Racing Stripes was dead on with Gitesh's $14M three-day projection.
For a NEW review of Coach Carter, visit The Chief Report.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Assault on Precinct 13 and Are We There Yet? both open nationwide.
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|#||Title||Jan 14 - 17||Jan 7 - 9||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Coach Carter||$ 29,168,180||2,524||1||$ 11,556||$ 29,168,180||Paramount|
|2||Meet the Fockers||22,514,650||28,498,160||-21.0||3,554||4||6,335||234,308,680||Universal|
|3||Racing Stripes||18,862,432||3,185||1||5,922||18,862,432||Warner Bros.|
|4||In Good Company||16,638,635||144,149||1,566||3||10,625||17,138,097||Universal|
|8||Lemony Snicket's A Series...||5,343,415||7,438,867||-28.2||2,540||5||2,104||112,421,617||Paramount|
|9||The Phantom of the Opera||4,625,495||3,420,307||35.2||907||4||5,100||27,512,033||Warner Bros.|
|11||Ocean's Twelve||3,510,460||5,310,434||-33.9||2,105||6||1,668||120,460,509||Warner Bros.|
|12||National Treasure||3,295,622||4,250,658||-22.5||1,610||9||2,047||164,859,175||Buena Vista|
|14||Million Dollar Baby||2,285,069||1,920,418||19.0||122||5||18,730||6,156,069||Warner Bros.|
|15||House of Flying Daggers||2,262,667||552,031||309.9||1,189||7||1,903||7,497,183||Sony Classics|
|19||The Life Aquatic||1,612,119||2,744,639||-41.3||907||6||1,777||22,120,583||Buena Vista|
|20||The Incredibles||1,555,742||2,057,544||-24.4||1,002||11||1,553||256,739,602||Buena Vista|
|Top 5||$ 101,976,232||$ 73,291,682||39.1|
|Top 20 vs. 2004||159,246,032||129,618,221||22.9|
This column is updated three times each week: Thursday (upcoming weekend's summary), Sunday (post-weekend analysis with estimates), and Monday night (actuals). Data source: Exhibitor Relations, EDI. Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated : January 18, 2005 at 10:00PM EST