Weekend Box Office (October 15 - 17, 2004)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND The animated feature Shark Tale held on to the top spot on the charts this weekend, while the puppets of Team America: World Police debuted in third, and Shall We Dance? landed solidly in fourth place. The rest of the top ten all had fairly strong holds from last weekend.
For the third straight weekend, Will Smith and company took Shark Tale to the top of the box office. Down a small 30% from last week, the DreamWorks animated feature grossed $22M, according to final figures, bringing its cume to a toothy $118.7M. Shark Tale becomes only the second film of 2004 to threepeat atop the charts, with The Passion of the Christ doing the deed three consecutive weekends in February/March, and four times overall.
In second place was the football drama, Friday Night Lights, which fell 40% from last weekend, tackling another $12.2M and bringing its cume to $37.8M. Look for the Billy Bob Thornton starrer to end its run with a solid $75-80M.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone returned to theaters with Team America: World Police, which shot up a somewhat disappointing $12.1M this weekend for a per screen average of $4,773. The small 3% Friday-to-Saturday increase does not bode well for the future. Critical reviews were mixed and Yahoo! users gave the film a B grade. Back in 1999, the duo's South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut opened with $11.3M on its way to a cume of $52M.
Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon headlined Shall We Dance?, which grossed $11.7M this weekend from 1,772 playdates, for a per screen average of $6,649. This is Jennifer Lopez's biggest opening weekend since 2002's Maid in Manhattan which opened with $18M on its way to a $94M cume. This is the biggest opening weekend for a Susan Sarandon film (excluding voice-over work) since 1998's Stepmom, which opened with $19M.
In fifth place were the guys from Ladder 49, which took in $8.5M, bringing its cume up to $53.7M. Driving into sixth place were Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah in Taxi, which grossed $7.9M, down 34% from last weekend. Its cume now stands at $23.9M and should end its run with $40-45M.
In seventh place was Julianne Moore in The Forgotten. Down only 21% from last weekend, the supernatural thriller brought in $6M, bringing its total to $57.1M. In eighth place was the Hillary Duff starrer, Raise Your Voice, which fell 31% from last weekend to $2.75M, bringing its total to $7.9M. The movie should end its run with $17-20M and find a much larger audience on DVD.
In ninth place for the second straight weekend was the Che Guevara drama, The Motorcycle Diaries. Up 16% from last weekend, the Focus Features release took in $1.75M from only 250 screens, for a per screen average of $7,024, tops in the top ten. Its total now stands at $5.75M. Rounding out the top ten was Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which added another $1.2M to its bankroll, bringing its cume to $35.9M.
In limited release news, Fox Searchlight continued its successful expansion of I Heart Huckabees, which grossed $914,880 from 65 theaters, for a per screen average of $14,075. Its cume now stands at $2.6M. RBC Radio's Guiana 1838 continued its strong run, grossing $21,366 from only 2 screens, for a per screen average of $10,683, bringing its total to $144,856.
The top ten films grossed $86.2M, which was down 13% from 2003 when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre slaughtered the competition opening with $28M but up 27.5% from 2002 when The Ring lead the way with $15M.
Compared to projections, Team America: World Police came in below my $18M prediction, while Shall We Dance? came in above my $7M forecast.
For reviews of Team America: World Police and The Motorcycle Diaries, visit The Chief Report.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when The Grudge and Surviving Christmas both open.
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|#||Title||Oct 15 - 17||Oct 8 - 10||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Shark Tale||$ 22,005,952||$ 31,330,299||-29.8||3,948||3||$ 5,574||$ 118,724,863||DreamWorks|
|2||Friday Night Lights||12,216,880||20,269,025||-39.7||2,764||2||4,420||37,819,455||Universal|
|3||Team America: World Police||12,120,358||2,539||1||4,774||12,120,358||Paramount|
|4||Shall We Dance?||11,783,467||1,772||1||6,650||11,783,467||Miramax|
|5||Ladder 49||8,503,420||13,105,177||-35.1||3,255||3||2,612||53,747,377||Buena Vista|
|8||Raise Your Voice||2,757,809||4,022,693||-31.4||2,521||2||1,094||7,902,305||New Line|
|9||The Motorcycle Diaries||1,756,157||1,510,020||16.3||250||4||7,025||5,748,162||Focus|
|10||Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||1,218,417||2,341,872||-48.0||1,208||5||1,009||35,899,489||Paramount|
|11||Shaun of the Dead||1,109,997||1,708,113||-35.0||672||4||1,652||11,269,702||Focus|
|12||I Heart Huckabees||914,880||901,123||1.5||65||3||14,075||2,600,993||Fox Searchlight|
|13||Napoleon Dynamite||883,817||1,056,903||-16.4||619||19||1,428||40,371,730||Fox Searchlight|
|14||Woman Thou Art Loosed||691,448||1,147,388||-39.7||434||3||1,593||5,099,502||Magnolia|
|15||Resident Evil: Apocalypse||673,272||1,253,117||-46.3||787||6||855||50,138,512||Sony|
|17||Garden State||452,519||569,160||-20.5||301||12||1,503||25,242,957||Fox Searchlight|
|18||What the #$*! Do We Know?||368,134||366,184||0.5||132||23||2,789||6,103,766||Goldwyn|
|19||The Bourne Supremacy||353,005||396,610||-11.0||346||13||1,020||174,363,530||Universal|
|Top 5||$ 66,630,077||$ 84,340,075||-21.0|
|Top 20 vs. 2003||92,635,796||109,338,650||-15.3|
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 18, 2004 at 11:30PM EDT
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