Weekend Box Office (October 10 - 12, 2003)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Quentin Tarantino's return to the big screen took the box office crown this weekend, while Jack Black held off stiff competition from a trio of other newcomers to hold on to second.
Kill Bill sliced and diced its way to the top of the charts this weekend, bringing in $22M, according to final figures. Its per screen average was a solid, if not spectacular, $7,120. With cult and mainstream classics like Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction under his belt, any Quentin Tarantino film is destined to become a must-see film. However, both of those films came out years ago, and fans, while interested in the current release, are going to be more hesitant to fork over their hard earned money until they find out if their friends liked the film. Next weekend will be the true test of whether or not the plan of splitting this movie into two parts was smart.
Holding strongly on to second place with the lowest percentage drop in the top 10 was the Jack Black comedy School of Rock. Falling only 21% from last weekend, the Paramount release rocked to the tune of $15.5M this weekend, bringing its total to $39.6M. Look for School of Rock to ends its run with a solid $85-95M.
Landing in third place was the weekend's second new release, Good Boy!, which took in $13M over the weekend. Playing in over 3200 theaters, the MGM film that asks the question, what if dogs ruled the planet, was the widest release this weekend. Averaging a decent $4,064 per theater, Good Boy! shared the family audience with School of Rock to strong results.
In fourth place was the George Clooney/Catherine Zeta-Jones starrer, Intolerable Cruelty. The film, produced and directed by critical darlings the Coen Brothers, took in $12.5M this weekend, for a per screen average of a so-so $4,884. With the star power behind the film, the opening weekend has to be considering slightly disappointing, but strong word-of-mouth could help the overall totals in the weeks to come.
In fifth place was last weeks runner-up, Out of Time. Falling a somewhat disturbing 47% from last weekend, the Denzel Washington thriller took in $8.6M this weekend, bringing its cume to $28.7M. Look for the film to end its run with $50-60M.
The horror film, House of the Dead entered the marketplace in sixth place this weekend, scaring up $5.7M, for a per screen average of $3,739. With the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre entering theaters soon, look for House of the Dead to fade fast.
The rest of the top ten looked like this: The Rundown slipped another 46% from last weekend, raking in $5.2M this weekend, bringing its total to $40M. In eighth place was the Diane Lane Oscar-bait film, Under the Tuscan Sun, which fell 36% from last weekend, bringing its cume to $28M. In ninth place was Secondhand Lions which took in $3.3M this weekend, bringing its total to $35.4. And rounding out the top ten was more Oscar-bait in the form of Lost in Translation, which took in $2.8M this weekend, bringing its cume to $18.1M.
Compared to projections, Kill Bill opened a few notches above Gitesh's $20M forecast while Intolerable Cruelty came in a little below his $14M prediction. Good Boy! was slightly higher than his $12M projection, while Gitesh was dead-on with his $6M prediction for House of the Dead.
For reviews of School of Rock and Out of Time visit The Chief Report.
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|#||Title||Oct 10 - 12||Oct 3 - 5||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Kill Bill Vol. 1||$ 22,089,322||3,102||1||$ 7,121||$ 22,089,322||Miramax|
|2||School of Rock||15,487,832||19,622,714||-21.1||2,929||2||5,288||39,671,396||Paramount|
|5||Out of Time||8,590,001||16,185,316||-46.9||3,076||2||2,793||28,711,637||MGM|
|6||House of the Dead||5,683,280||1,520||1||3,739||5,683,280||Artisan|
|8||Under the Tuscan Sun||4,911,328||7,682,053||-36.1||1,701||3||2,887||28,307,921||Buena Vista|
|9||Secondhand Lions||3,297,211||5,183,674||-36.4||2,563||4||1,286||35,384,339||New Line|
|10||Lost in Translation||2,822,419||4,163,333||-32.2||882||5||3,200||18,121,154||Focus|
|12||The Fighting Temptations||1,910,356||3,386,543||-43.6||1,168||4||1,636||27,228,139||Paramount|
|13||Cold Creek Manor||1,078,319||2,511,141||-57.1||1,163||4||927||20,196,771||Buena Vista|
|14||Once Upon A Time in Mexico||1,065,247||2,626,304||-59.4||1,131||5||942||55,010,855||Sony|
|15||Pirates of the Caribbean||1,022,122||1,629,244||-37.3||801||14||1,276||299,468,874||Buena Vista|
|16||Matchstick Men||881,410||2,267,466||-61.1||1,021||5||863||35,775,075||Warner Bros.|
|17||Mystic River||640,815||13||1||49,293||828,422||Warner Bros.|
|19||Finding Nemo||626,484||659,505||-5.0||540||20||1,160||337,367,455||Buena Vista|
|20||Cabin Fever||367,834||1,090,054||-66.3||437||5||842||20,531,672||Lions Gate|
|Top 5||$ 71,799,252||$ 58,356,537||23.0|
|Top 20 vs. 2002||104,240,379||100,600,445||3.6|
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 : October 13, 2003 at 8:00PM EDT
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