Weekend Box Office (June 25 - 27, 1999)
THIS WEEKEND Adam Sandler has done it again as his latest comedic adventure Big Daddy opened at number one this weekend with a blistering $41.5M making it the highest grossing weekend for a non-sequel comedy. With this monster opening, Sandler has solidified himself as one of the top comic actors working today.
The $41.5M opening for Big Daddy makes this Sandler's biggest opening weekend to date, outpacing last November's The Waterboy which opened with $39.4M. It is also the second highest opening for a comedy behind Austin Powers 2 which opened with $57.4M earlier this month, and becomes the third highest opening weekend for distributor Sony behind only Men In Black ($51.1M in July of 1997) and Godzilla ($44M in May of 1998). With this opening and with the 4th of July weekend upcoming, Big Daddy should be able to cruise by the $100M mark and head towards the $161.5M total gross of The Waterboy.
Swinging its way into second place this weekend was Disney's Tarzan which roped (vined?) its way to $24M bringing it's total to an ape like $77.5M after two weeks. Down a very respectable 29.7% from last weekend, Tarzan looks to be able to top last years Mulan which ended up with $120.6M. Shagging his way into third place this weekend was the Mike Myers comedy Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Off 41.6%, Austin managed to shhh his way to $18.3M bringing his cume to a huge $150.6M in only 3 weeks. Looks like we'll be seeing a few more Austin sequels in the years to come. Arriving in fourth place this weekend was the John Travolta thriller The General's Daughter, with $15.2M bringing its total to $46.8M. Rounding out the top 5 was Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Dropping only 25.1% to $14.1M, Menace has now reached an out of this world total of $351.6M, ranking it number 5 all time ahead of Forrest Gump ($329M) and just behind Jurassic Park ($357M). It should pass Jurassic some time this week, and set its sights on number 3, E.T. ($399M).
Outside of the top 5, Notting Hill landed at number 6, bringing its total to $89.5M, The Mummy scared up another $2.1M to bring its horrifying total to $146M, and Instinct dropped 39.7% this weekend with another $1.9M bringing its total to a somewhat disappointing $30.6M.
There was a surprising entry at number 9 this week as the Miramax film An Ideal Husband managed to crack the top 10 while playing on only 122 screens. Its average of $9,338 was the second highest in the top 10, behind only Big Daddy. Rounding out the top 10 was The Matrix. The Keanu "whoa" Reeves sci-fi adventure picked up another $1M to bring it's robust total to $165.7M. On an Oscar note, Shakespeare in Love managed to make another $74,703 to bring it to $97.8M, just outside the elusive $100M club. And in limited release, the critically acclaimed Run Lola Run picked up $217,1222 on just 19 screens for an impressive per screen average of $11,427.
Compared to the Guru's projections, Big Daddy came in right as predicted, as did Tarzan, Austin Powers 2 and The General's Daughter.
In last week's survey, readers were asked which of five actors was the most bankable box office star today. Of 6,812 responses, 26.7% selected Harrison Ford, 25.7% chose Jim Carrey, 17.9% picked Mel Gibson, 15.3% went with Tom Hanks, while Tom Cruise brought up the rear with 14.4% of the vote.
Be sure to read the Weekly Rewind column which lists the top-grossing blockbusters of all time. For a review of Big Daddy visit Chief's Movie Review Page.
The top ten films over the weekend grossed $125.M which was up 26% from last year when Doctor Dolittle opened with $29M, and up 35% from 1997 when Face/Off debuted on top with $23.4M.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Wild Wild West, South Park, and Summer of Sam ignite the Independence Day weekend box office.
|#||Title||June 25 - 27||June 18 - 20||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Dist.|
|1||Big Daddy||$ 41,536,370||3,027||1||$ 13,722||$ 41,536,370||Sony|
|3||Austin Powers 2||18,338,740||31,406,630||-41.6||3,314||3||5,534||150,646,048||New Line|
|4||The General's Daughter||15,178,374||22,332,053||-32.0||2,858||2||5,311||46,817,096||Paramount|
|5||Star Wars : Episode I||14,111,919||18,859,021||-25.2||3,126||6||4,514||351,669,681||Fox|
|9||An Ideal Husband||1,139,316||198,802||473.1||122||2||9,339||1,457,130||Miramax|
|10||The Matrix||1,011,566||1,315,856||-23.1||1,139||13||888||165,688,406||Warner Bros.|
|12||The Red Violin||732,707||181,749||303.1||250||2||2,931||3,291,024||Lions Gate|
|13||Tea With Mussolini||641,530||614,000||4.5||283||7||2,267||9,709,993||MGM/UA|
|14||Never Been Kissed||294,824||348,758||-15.5||533||11||553||53,290,077||Fox|
|15||Analyze This||267,840||368,038||-27.2||497||16||539||105,967,087||Warner Bros.|
|19||Buena Vista Social Club||234,308||187,298||25.1||29||3||8,080||963,476||Artisan|
|20||The Winslow Boy||226,345||241,789||-6.4||121||8||1,871||2,557,809||Sony Classics|
|Top 5||$ 113,221,199||$ 113,728,952||-0.4|
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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 : June 28, 1999 at 11:30PM EDT
Written by Sujit Chawla