Weekend Box Office (February 1 - 3, 2002)
by Gitesh Pandya
THIS WEEKEND For the third consecutive weekend, moviegoers made the military action film Black Hawk Down the number one box office draw in North America as overall ticket sales fell sharply from last weekend's high plateau. Sunday's Super Bowl prompted studios to stay away from the frame as only two minor new releases opened - both to dismal grosses.
Sony's Black Hawk Down collected $11.1M in its third weekend of national release, according to final figures, sliding 35%. The Ridley Scott war pic has upped its cume to $75.1M. Once again on its tail, Disney's family comedy Snow Dogs remained in second place for the third straight weekend with $10.2M, down only 22%, for a 17-day total of $51.1M.
Warner Bros. saw a slim 27% decline for its high school romance A Walk to Remember which took in $8.8M in its sophomore session. After ten days, the Mandy Moore drama has grossed a solid $23.3M and should find its way to $45-55M. Budgeted at approximately $10M, A Walk to Remember has served as effective counterprogramming to the NFL's post-season blitz by appealing directly to young females - the demographic quadrant least distracted by football.
Buena Vista's period adventure tale The Count of Monte Cristo dipped only 23% and took in $8.8M in its second weekend pushing its ten-day total to $23.4M. With good word-of-mouth and an impressive hold, the PG-13 film looks to reach about $50M.
Russell Crowe counted another $8.4M for A Beautiful Mind which eased 27% from last weekend. The Universal release broke the $100M mark on Saturday and has taken in $104.5M to date. Mind is only the second $100M hit for Crowe, after the Oscar-winning Gladiator, but the fifth for director Ron Howard after Parenthood, Apollo 13, Ransom, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Dropping 34% in its second scare, Sony's The Mothman Prophecies collected $7.4M raising its total to $21.2M after ten days. The Richard Gere thriller should conclude with $40-45M.
New Line's Sean Penn drama I Am Sam slid 24% in its second going in wide release to $6.3M. With $17.3M in the bank, the PG-13 film should find its way to $35-40M.
Frodo and Gandolf placed eighth as The Lord of the Rings grossed $5.7M, off just 27%, bringing its cume to $266.3M. New Line's megablockbuster now sits at number 15 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters between last year's Shrek ($267.7M) and 2000's How The Grinch Stole Christmas ($260M).
Fox's spoof comedy Kung Pow! Enter the Fist tumbled 45% in its second weekend to $3.9M. With $12.1M collected thus far, the Steve Oedekerk film should finish with $15-20M.
Paramount's college-themed comedy Orange County dipped 35% to $2.9M in its third frame and lifted its 17-day total to $37.8M.
Sony's new R-rated pic Slackers opened in 1,893 theaters with $2.8M and averaged a horrendous $1,471. Its flimsy average and C+ grade from CinemaScore audiences indicate a quick road to home video.
Also debuting poorly outside of the top ten was Miramax's Nicole Kidman starrer Birthday Girl with $2.4M. Playing in only 1,000 theaters, the R-rated thriller averaged a weak $2,371 per venue. CinemaScore audiences gave the film a C grade.
The top ten films grossed $73.4M which was up 13% from last year when The Wedding Planner stayed in the top spot with $10.6M; and up 8% from 2000 when Scream 3 debuted at number one with $34.7M.
Compared to projections, both Slackers and Birthday Girl debuted below my respective forecasts of $7M and $4M.
Take this week's NEW Reader Survey on whether The Lord of the Rings will pass $300M. In last week's survey, readers were asked which of five February films they wanted to see most. Of 1,562 responses, 35% chose Collateral Damage, 18% picked Crossroads, 17% selected Birthday Girl, 17% said Hart's War, and 13% voted for Rollerball.
For a review of Black Hawk Down visit The Chief Report.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Collateral Damage, Rollerball, and Big Fat Liar all open.
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|#||Title||Feb 1 - 3||Jan 25 - 27||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Dist.|
|1||Black Hawk Down||$ 11,112,555||$ 17,012,268||-34.7||3,143||6||$ 3,536||$ 75,063,935||Sony|
|2||Snow Dogs||10,199,650||13,079,373||-22.0||2,454||3||4,156||51,127,496||Buena Vista|
|3||A Walk to Remember||8,836,201||12,177,488||-27.4||2,420||2||3,651||23,325,402||Warner Bros.|
|4||The Count of Monte Cristo||8,772,280||11,376,150||-22.9||2,211||2||3,968||23,371,251||Buena Vista|
|5||A Beautiful Mind||8,403,690||11,531,735||-27.1||2,250||7||3,735||104,502,101||Universal|
|6||The Mothman Prophecies||7,364,011||11,208,851||-34.3||2,331||2||3,159||21,221,640||Sony|
|7||I Am Sam||6,303,148||8,315,581||-24.2||1,303||6||4,837||17,293,331||New Line|
|8||The Lord of the Rings||5,704,259||7,803,075||-26.9||2,309||7||2,470||266,274,199||New Line|
|9||Kung Pow! Enter the Fist||3,851,312||7,017,474||-45.1||2,475||2||1,556||12,099,500||Fox|
|13||Gosford Park||2,362,403||2,782,555||-15.1||800||6||2,953||19,288,263||USA Films|
|14||The Royal Tenenbaums||2,300,761||3,084,804||-25.4||978||8||2,353||44,763,356||Buena Vista|
|15||Ocean's Eleven||2,056,615||3,176,373||-35.3||1,541||9||1,335||178,908,056||Warner Bros.|
|16||Brotherhood of the Wolf||1,904,085||1,608,920||18.3||393||4||4,845||10,803,042||Universal|
|17||In the Bedroom||1,827,414||1,941,677||-5.9||549||11||3,329||16,985,037||Miramax|
|18||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||1,206,339||1,777,704||-32.1||1,424||7||847||77,730,692||Paramount|
|19||Beauty & The Beast - SE||1,161,856||1,470,492||-21.0||68||5||17,086||14,137,018||Buena Vista|
|20||Harry Potter||1,010,416||1,402,381||-27.9||907||12||1,114||312,936,385||Warner Bros.|
|Top 5||$ 47,324,376||$ 65,177,014||-27.4|
|Top 20 vs. 2001||92,406,929||92,608,781||-0.2|
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 : February 5, 2002 at 3:30AM EST