Weekend Box Office (August 19 - 21, 2005)
by Gitesh Pandya
THIS WEEKEND The sex-starved comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin landed in the top spot in its opening weekend scoring $21.4M in its first try with moviegoers, according to final studio figures. Universal launched the R-rated film in 2,845 theaters and averaged a strong $7,530 per site. Starring Steve Carell, Virgin beat out three other new releases plus all holdovers to lead a marketplace that was witnessing the usual late summer slowdown. Reviews were somewhat favorable for the raunchy comedy.
Wes Craven scored a solid bow for his new suspense thriller Red Eye which opened in second with $16.2M from 3,079 theaters. Averaging $5,251 per venue, the PG-13 film about an assassination plot on a plane played to a young female audience. Studio research from DreamWorks showed that 60% of the audience was under 25 while 58% was female.
Paramount's revenge drama Four Brothers dropped 41% in its second weekend falling from first to third with $12.5M. Budgeted at over $40M, the Mark Wahlberg pic has grossed $43.1M in ten days and should find its way to $75-80M. Off 32% in its sixth weekend was New Line's Wedding Crashers with $8M pushing the remarkable cume to $177.6M.
The Universal thriller The Skeleton Key fell 52% in its second weekend to $7.7M. The $43M Kate Hudson vehicle has scared up $30.4M in ten days and looks headed for $45-50M. March of the Penguins continued its endless journey with $6.5M sliding a mere 5%. The hit doc has collected $48.4M to date with much more still to come. The Dukes of Hazzard fell 54% to $6M in its third weekend giving Warner Bros. $69.1M in 17 days.
Disney's CG animated film Valiant debuted in eighth place with a weak take of only $5.9M. Playing in 2,014 theaters, the G-rated film about a courageous pigeon averaged only $2,937 per theater.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory grossed $4.4M, off 40%, boosting the tally to $192.6M. Disney's family comedy Sky High slipped just 36% to $4M for a cume of $50.9M.
Fox's motorcycle action drama Supercross crashed and burned in its opening weekend taking in just $1.3M. Charging into 1,621 theaters, the PG-13 pic averaged a pitiful $820 and grossed $2M since its Wednesday debut.
Three films fell from the top ten over the weekend. Sony's Rob Schneider comedy Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo stumbled 60% in its second weekend to $3.8M giving the sequel only $17.4M in ten days. The $22M film should reach a disappointing $22-24M.
The Warner Bros. romantic comedy Must Love Dogs tumbled 51% to $2.2M boosting the total to $39M. The Diane Lane-John Cusack film should finish with about $45M. Miramax's The Great Raid crumbled 46% in its second mission and captured $1.8M to lift its ten-day tally to a weak $6.5M. The World War II saga looks to end its run quickly with $10M.
Among expanding indie films, Focus widened its Bill Murray comedy Broken Flowers from 118 to 389 locations and grossed $2.3M for a $6,038 average. ThinkFilm expanded its foul-mouthed doc The Aristocrats from 86 to 172 sites and took in $666,449 for a $3,920 average. Cumes stand at $6M and $2.7M, respectively.
The top ten films grossed $92.7M which was down 4% from last year when The Exorcist: The Beginning opened at number one with $18.1M; but up 16% from 2003 when Freddy vs. Jason retained the top spot with $13.2M.
Compared to projections, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Red Eye both debuted a couple of notches ahead of my respective projections of $17M and $13M. Valiant bowed weaker than my $10M forecast while Supercross opened with less than half of my already bearish $5M projection over five days.
For a NEW review of Red Eye visit The Chief Report.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when The Brothers Grimm, The Cave, and Undiscovered all open.
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|#||Title||Aug 19 - 21||Aug 12 - 14||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||$ 21,422,815||2,845||1||$ 7,530||$ 21,422,815||Universal|
|4||Wedding Crashers||8,002,613||11,834,614||-32.4||2,920||6||2,741||177,642,603||New Line|
|5||The Skeleton Key||7,725,495||16,057,945||-51.9||2,774||2||2,785||30,448,770||Universal|
|6||March of the Penguins||6,487,696||6,848,205||-5.3||2,102||9||3,086||48,444,218||Warner Ind.|
|7||The Dukes of Hazzard||5,978,292||13,011,202||-54.1||3,404||3||1,756||69,070,528||Warner Bros.|
|9||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||4,434,453||7,412,391||-40.2||2,575||6||1,722||192,638,088||Warner Bros.|
|10||Sky High||4,034,895||6,309,670||-36.1||2,145||4||1,881||50,862,532||Buena Vista|
|11||Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||3,807,221||9,626,287||-60.4||3,127||2||1,218||17,381,752||Sony|
|12||Broken Flowers||2,349,001||1,717,306||36.8||389||3||6,039||5,977,086||Focus Features|
|13||Must Love Dogs||2,241,228||4,575,046||-51.0||1,809||4||1,239||39,028,308||Warner Bros.|
|14||The Great Raid||1,820,664||3,376,009||-46.1||920||2||1,979||6,549,818||Miramax|
|16||War of the Worlds||1,057,340||2,158,694||-51.0||713||8||1,483||230,614,825||Paramount|
|19||Batman Begins||632,369||1,050,497||-39.8||397||10||1,593||202,285,638||Warner Bros.|
|Top 5||$ 65,806,122||$ 71,706,973||-8.2|
|Top 20 vs. 2004||108,151,756||111,159,023||-2.7|
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. Opinions expressed in this column are those solely of the author.
Last Updated : August 23, 2005 at 9:30AM EDT