Weekend Box Office (February 24 - 26, 2006)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND As expected, Tyler Perry went two for two with number one debuts as Madea's Family Reunion took the gold in this, the final weekend of the Winter Olympics. The other two new entries this weekend, Doogal and Running Scared both met with mediocre, Bode Miller-type results.
Burying the rest of the competition, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion exploded at number one with $30M, according to final studio figures. Its per theater average was $13,688, coming in just under Perry's opening from last year's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. That film, which opened number one with $21.9M, had a per theater average of $14,771. With the surprising success of Diary and a huge built-in audience, Lionsgate opened Family Reunion on 2,194 screens, dwarfing Diary which opened on less than 1,500 screens. With the latest Perry offering doing boffo business, expect to see more from the talented actor in years to come.
Landing in second place was last week's champ, the Disney dog thriller Eight Below, which dropped a slim 21% from last weekend's three-day total, to $15.9M, bringing its cume to $45.2M. Expect the Paul Walker-led film to end its run with around $85M. In third place was the stumbling, bumbling Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther, which fell 34% and took in $11.1M this weekend, bringing its cume to $60.8M.
Dropping 52% and falling to fourth was Date
Movie, which laughed up $9.1M bringing its cume to $33.8M. The
Fox spoof should end its run in the $60M range. In fifth place was
the humorous antics of a cartoon monkey in Curious
George. The animated children's pic brought in another $7.2M,
a drop of 39% from last weekend, bringing its cume to $43.3M.
Landing in sixth place was Harrison Ford's Firewall, which fell 25% and made $6.7M bringing its total to $37.3M. In seventh place was the horror sequel Final Destination 3 which scared up $5.5M this weekend, a drop of 45% from last weekend. Its total now stands at $44.9M, which puts it on the doorstep of Final Destination 2 which banked $47M back in 2003. The original still leads the pack having taken in $53M back in 2000.
In eighth place was the debut of the G-rated Doogal which took in $3.6M for a per theater average of only $1,556. Lack of advertising really hurt the animated feature from The Weinstein Company. In ninth place was the debut of the second Paul Walker film in two weeks, Running Scared. The New Line action flick stole $3.4M for a poor average of $2,099. Apparently there is only so much Paul Walker an audience can take.
Rounding out the top ten was the Julianne Moore-Samuel L. Jackson thriller, Freedomland. The Sony release fell 51% from its disappointing opening to $2.9M, bringing its total to $10.8M. Look for the film to end its run with a sad $18M.
Opening well in limited release was the Oscar-nominated Tsotsi,
which brought in $76,324 from 6 theaters for a solid average of $12,721.
The top ten grossed $95.4M which was down 3% from last year when Diary of a Mad Black Woman opened at number one with $21.9M; but up 27% from 2004 when 50 First Dates opened with $20.4M.
Compared to projections, Madea's Family Reunion came in above Gitesh's conservative $19M forecast, while Doogal and Running Scared both came in below Gitesh's predictions.
Be sure to read the NEW Oscar Spotlight column which features a one-on-one interview with Barry Mendel, producer of Munich which has been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture.
For NEW reviews of Tsotsi, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, and Unknown White Male visit The Chief Report. Check the Oscar Nominee chart which tracks the box office of all nominees with updates throughout awards season.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when 16 Blocks, Aquamarine and Block Party all open.
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|#||Title||Feb 24 - 26||Feb 17 - 19||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Madea's Family Reunion||$ 30,030,661||2,194||1||$ 13,688||$ 30,030,661||Lionsgate|
|2||Eight Below||15,872,840||20,188,176||-21.4||3,072||2||5,167||45,206,288||Buena Vista|
|3||The Pink Panther||11,101,845||16,707,036||-33.5||3,313||3||3,351||60,847,581||Sony|
|7||Final Destination 3||5,495,785||10,057,925||-45.4||2,726||3||2,016||44,944,694||New Line|
|9||Running Scared||3,381,974||1,611||1||2,099||3,381,974||New Line|
|11||When a Stranger Calls||2,512,662||5,010,199||-49.8||2,060||4||1,220||45,470,021||Sony|
|12||Big Momma's House 2||2,438,478||4,603,063||-47.0||1,535||5||1,589||65,717,851||Fox|
|16||The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada||1,051,957||191,300||449.9||347||4||3,032||1,880,863||Sony Classics|
|17||Mrs. Henderson Presents||1,001,298||925,913||8.1||504||12||1,987||7,140,655||Weinstein Co.|
|20||Walk the Line||725,765||1,541,419||-52.9||492||15||1,475||117,478,650||Fox|
|Top 5||$ 73,344,771||$ 77,796,843||-5.7|
|Top 20 vs. 2005||110,641,995||115,612,717||-4.3|
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 and EDI. Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated : February 27, 2006 at 6:30PM EST