Weekend Box Office (April 25 - 27, 2003)
THIS WEEKEND Sony Pictures claimed the top two spots at the North American box office with the new suspense thriller Identity and the former chart-topper Anger Management as the overall marketplace slumped to its lowest level of the year. The weekend's other new releases - Confidence, It Runs in the Family, and The Real Cancun - all flopped in their debuts.
With a final gross of $16.2M from 2,733 theaters, the John Cusack thriller Identity led the field edging out the Adam Sandler comedy by a slim $800,000. The $28M suspense pic averaged a solid $5,937 per location and earned a decent B grade from moviegoers polled by CinemaScore.com. Anger Management slipped to second place collecting $15M, off 40%, which allowed the film to reach blockbuster status with a 17-day cume of $103.5M.
Displaying the best hold in the top ten was Disney's kid drama Holes which eased just 23% to $12.6M in its second weekend giving the PG-rated film a solid $36.4M in ten days. Fellow sophomore Malibu's Most Wanted fell a moderate 42% to $7.3M for a ten-day tally of $23.8M.
Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman saw a disappointing fifth-place opening for their $15M mob caper Confidence which bowed to $4.6M from 1,871 locations for a weak $2,439 average. In its second weekend, MGM's actioner Bulletproof Monk tumbled by nearly half to $4.4M bringing its cume to $19M after ten days.
Dipping just 28% to $3.2M was the Warner Bros. teen flick What A Girl Wants which was followed by Fox's sniper thriller Phone Booth with $3M, down 47%. Cumes for each stand at $32.9M and $40.2M after 24 days.
Rounding out the top ten were two new releases which flopped in their debut outings. MGM grossed $2.8M for its Kirk Douglas-Michael Douglas pic It Runs in the Family which averaged only $2,323 from 1,207 venues. New Line fell flat on its face with the $8M spring break reality feature The Real Cancun which collected $2.1M from 2,261 theaters for a pathetic $933 average.
Four films dropped out of the top ten over the weekend. Buena Vista's Bringing Down the House slipped 37% to $2.1M in its eighth frame pushing its cume to $126.1M. The year's highest-grossing release looks to reach $130-135M. Queen Latifah's other hit Chicago dipped 37% to $1.6M giving the Miramax Oscar darling $163.5M to date. Look for a $170M final.
The Vin Diesel actioner A Man Apart plunged 57% to $1.2M lifting the total to $25.1M. The New Line title should end with $27-29M. The Lions Gate horror flick House of 1000 Corpses fell 41% to $1.5M for a $9.6M cume with an eye on $13-15M overall.
The top ten films grossed $71.2M which was up 6% from last year when The Scorpion King remained at number one with $18M; and up 41% from 2001 when Driven debuted in the top spot with $12.2M.
Compared to projections, Identity opened stronger than my $13M forecast while Confidence debuted on target with my $5M prediction. It Runs in the Family bowed close to my $4M projection while The Real Cancun opened well below my $8M forecast.
For reviews of Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Iyer visit The Chief Report.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when X2 and The Lizzie McGuire Movie fight it out for the number one spot.
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|#||Title||Apr 25 - 27||Apr 18 - 20||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Identity||$ 16,225,263||2,733||1||$ 5,937||$ 16,225,263||Sony|
|4||Malibu's Most Wanted||7,337,473||12,618,159||-41.8||2,503||2||2,931||23,840,528||Warner Bros.|
|7||What A Girl Wants||3,235,190||4,503,277||-28.2||2,450||4||1,320||32,853,869||Warner Bros.|
|9||It Runs in the Family||2,804,441||1,207||1||2,323||2,804,441||MGM|
|10||The Real Cancun||2,108,796||2,261||1||933||2,108,796||New Line|
|11||Bringing Down the House||2,068,521||3,280,980||-37.0||1,668||8||1,240||126,063,177||Buena Vista|
|13||Bend It Like Beckham||1,539,366||1,953,572||-21.2||421||7||3,656||9,062,896||Fox Searchlight|
|14||House of 1000 Corpses||1,478,398||2,522,026||-41.4||815||3||1,814||9,636,367||Lions Gate|
|15||A Mighty Wind||1,363,232||2,112,140||-35.5||155||2||8,795||4,750,088||Warner Bros.|
|16||A Man Apart||1,200,774||2,804,432||-57.2||1,235||4||972||25,105,722||New Line|
|18||Better Luck Tomorrow||1,031,460||487,692||111.5||380||3||2,714||2,197,172||Paramount Classics|
|19||Ghosts of the Abyss (Lg. Scr)||1,013,200||1,240,099||-18.3||97||3||10,445||5,279,330||Buena Vista|
|20||Head of State||929,718||2,214,582||-58.0||1,006||5||924||36,382,054||DreamWorks|
|Top 5||$ 55,685,220||$ 68,252,009||-18.4|
|Top 20 vs. 2002||84,645,491||78,279,502||8.1|
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 : April 29, 2003 at 12:00AM EDT