Weekend Box Office (October 14 - 16, 2005)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND With Halloween just around the corner, moviegoers made the horror remake The Fog the number one choice this weekend, as the box office continued its lackluster year. Fellow freshman Elizabethtown and Domino met with mixed results, while last week's champ Wallace & Gromit, had a strong hold.
Clouding up the top of the box office was The Fog, a remake of the John Carpenter classic from 1979. Starring Tom Welling (TV's Smallville) and Maggie Grace (TV's Lost), the PG-13 film scared up $11.8M this weekend, according to final studio figures, for a per theater average of a not-so-spectacular $3,955. Earlier this year, similar genre films opened much stronger with Boogeyman taking in $19M, The Ring 2 opening with $35.1M, and another remake, The Amityville Horror, opening to $23.5M. The Fog hit its target audience with 61% of the crowd being under 25, although Yahoo! users gave the movie a poor C+ grade.
Second place belonged to the loveable team of Wallace
& Gromit which dropped a small 28%, the best hold in the
top ten. Taking in another $11.5M this weekend, the DreamWorks toon
has a total cume of $33.1M. With some of the best reviews of any
movie in theaters, a Halloween-esque theme and no other kid pics due out
this month, look for the film to stay strong and eventually end up in the
neighborhood of $75-80M, if not higher.
Debuting in third place this weekend was the Cameron Crowe-directed Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. The Paramount romantic comedy brought in $10.6M for a per theater average of $4,219, the best in the top ten. Critics, normally fans of Crowe, skewered the film even before a final cut was released, forcing the filmmaker to fight an upwards battle against negative press. Filmgoers were somewhat nicer, with Yahoo! users giving the film a B grade.
In fourth place was the Jodie Foster-led Flightplan, which fell 40% this weekend to $6.5M, bringing its cume to a very solid $70.8M. In fifth place was In Her Shoes, which took in $6.1M this weekend. Off 39%, the Cameron Diaz starrer has a cume of $20.1M and looks to end its run with around $40-45M. Down 46% from last weekend, the football betting drama Two For the Money took in $4.7M, bringing its cume to $16.6M. Look for the film to end its run with a disappointing $30-35M, with a video release timed to hit the Super Bowl.
Arriving in seventh place this weekend was Keira Knightley's bounty hunter pic, Domino. Inspired by the true story of model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey, who died earlier this year, the New Line film opened with $4.7M for a per theater average of just $2,101. Critics weren't fans of the film and filmgoers gave the movie a B- rating, so look for Domino at your local video store soon.
In eighth place was the well-received A History of Violence, which fell a small 29% from last weekend, shooting up $3.6M and raising its cume to $22.4M. Rounding out the top ten were Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, which scared up another $3.6M this weekend, bringing its cume to a solid $47.8M, and The Gospel, which fell 59% from last weekend's strong debut. The film took in $3.1M this weekend, raising its total to $12.1M.
Outside of the top ten, the George Clooney-directed Good Night, and Good Luck stayed strong taking in $1.2M from only 68 screens, for a sparkling average of $18,305. Total stands at $1.9M. Look for the film to expand into over 200 theaters next weekend.
The top ten grossed $66.1M, which was off 23% from last year when Shark Tale led the box office with $22M, and down 34% from 2003 when the Texas Chainsaw Massacre blasted on to screens with $28M.
Compared to projections, The Fog, Elizabethtown and Domino all came in a few ticks under Gitesh's predictions.
For reviews of Nine Lives, Good Night, and Good Luck, and A History of Violence visit The Chief Report. Also, read the NEW review of the Law & Order SVU - The Second Year DVD set.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Doom, Dreamer, North Country and Stay all open nationwide.
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|#||Title||Oct 14 - 16||Oct 7 - 9||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||The Fog||$ 11,752,917||2,972||1||$ 3,955||$ 11,752,917||Sony|
|2||Wallace and Gromit||11,527,216||16,025,987||-28.1||3,656||2||3,153||33,107,497||DreamWorks|
|5||In Her Shoes||6,105,949||10,017,575||-39.0||2,840||2||2,150||20,056,003||Fox|
|6||Two For The Money||4,686,110||8,703,240||-46.2||2,397||2||1,955||16,595,490||Universal|
|8||A History of Violence||3,600,474||5,067,000||-28.9||1,348||4||2,671||22,364,443||New Line|
|9||Corpse Bride||3,577,465||6,511,336||-45.1||2,525||5||1,417||47,769,285||Warner Bros.|
|13||The Greatest Game Ever Played||2,196,956||3,905,532||-43.7||1,725||3||1,274||12,341,200||Buena Vista|
|14||Into the Blue||1,740,776||4,830,342||-64.0||1,903||3||915||17,243,920||Sony|
|15||Just Like Heaven||1,499,811||3,453,588||-56.6||1,468||5||1,022||46,274,251||DreamWorks|
|16||Good Night, and Good Luck||1,244,707||421,446||195.3||68||2||18,305||1,854,797||Warner Independent|
|17||The 40-Year-Old Virgin||1,025,870||1,867,805||-45.1||725||9||1,415||106,038,403||Universal|
|18||The Exorcism of Emily Rose||955,509||2,442,028||-60.9||1,040||6||919||73,827,336||Sony|
|20||Roll Bounce||780,359||1,742,119||-55.2||547||4||1,427||16,355,420||Fox Searchlight|
|Top 5||$ 46,497,108||$ 53,034,813||-12.3|
|Top 20 vs. 2004||81,954,469||92,635,796||-11.5|
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 : October 17, 2005 at 6:30PM EDT