Weekend Box Office (October 31 - November 2, 2003)
by Sujit Chawla
THIS WEEKEND Scary Movie 3 hung on to the top spot at the box office this weekend, while most of the movies in the top ten had strong holdovers, but Brother Bear would have been number one had it opened wide on Friday instead of Saturday.
Dropping a large 58% from last weekend, the spoof comedy Scary Movie 3 remained at number one for a second straight weekend. Collecting $20M, according to final studio figures, Scary 3's percentage drop was larger than the drops of the two previous films in the franchise, with Scary Movie falling 38.1% and Scary Movie 2 falling 53.4%. However, all you Scary Movie fans out there, Scary Movie 4 is already in the works. With a total cume to date of $77.5M, look for Scary Movie 3 to end its run with around $120-125M.
Coming in with a strong second place showing was the Disney animated adventure, Brother Bear. After a stellar limited opening last weekend, Bear expanded nationwide on Saturday, dooming its hopes for a first place finish. Bear made $19.4M over the 2-day period, for a per screen average of $6,404, tops in the top 10. Had the movie opened on Friday, Bear would have easily taken the top spot, which would have been very useful in advertising over the next week, especially as holdovers need to position themselves as viable alternatives to The Matrix Revolutions, which unspools worldwide on Wednesday.
Landing in third place was the horror remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with a take of $10.8M. Falling only 25.2% from last weekend, Massacre's total cume now stands at $66M. In fourth place was the true story of Radio, which took in $9.6M, a drop of only 27.5%. The total for the Cuba Gooding Jr./Ed Harris film is now $26.8M. A final gross in the $50-55M range seems likely.
The two films with the lowest percentage drops in the top ten landed in fifth and sixth place this weekend. In fifth was the legal thriller, Runaway Jury, which fell a small 22.7% from last weekend to $6.5M. Its cume is now $33.3M. And in sixth place was Mystic River, which fell 20% to a weekend gross of $6.2M. The total for the Clint Eastwood-directed film is now $33.5M.
Seventh and eighth place belong to two members of the $60M club. In seventh was the first half of Quentin Tarantino's fourth film, Kill Bill, which took in $4.529M this weekend, bringing its cume to $60.8M. In eighth place was School of Rock, which brought in $4.522M this weekend. The total for the Jack Black comedy is now $69.2M.
In ninth place was Intolerable Cruelty, which took in $2.5M, bringing its total to $31.9M. And rounding out the top ten was the canine comedy Good Boy! which barked up $2.2M this weekend, bringing its cume to $35.2M.
Outside of the top ten, the Meg Ryan drama In The Cut expanded into 825 theaters this weekend and came in at number eleven with a total of $2M, for a per screen average of $2,501. Opening in limited release was the Anthony Hopkins/Nicole Kidman drama The Human Stain, which brought in $1.08M from 160 screens, for an average of $6,463. And the re-release of Alien scared up $1.02M, bringing its total from its Wednesday debut to $1.3M.
Compared to projections, Brother Bear came in slightly higher than my $18M prediction, Alien: The Director's Cut came in on target with my $1M projection, while In The Cut came in a little below my $4M forecast.
The top 10 was down 11.7% from last year when The Santa Clause 2 opened up on top with $29M, and down 33.2% from 2001 when Monsters, Inc. exploded at number one with $62.5M.
For a review of The Matrix Revolutions, visit The Chief Report.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a complete summary, including projections, for next weekend when Elf and a little film called The Matrix Revolutions both open.
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|#||Title||Oct 31 - Nov 2||Oct 24 - 26||% Chg.||Theaters||Weeks||AVG||Cumulative||Distributor|
|1||Scary Movie 3||$ 20,017,468||$ 48,113,770||-58.4||3,505||2||$ 5,711||$ 77,540,714||Miramax|
|2||Brother Bear||19,421,183||291,940||3,030||2||6,410||19,802,809||Buena Vista|
|3||The Texas Chainsaw Massacre||10,818,401||14,468,555||-25.2||2,970||3||3,643||66,047,114||New Line|
|6||Mystic River||6,232,376||7,787,255||-20.0||1,551||4||4,018||33,546,588||Warner Bros.|
|7||Kill Bill Vol. 1||4,529,607||6,355,590||-28.7||2,429||4||1,865||60,801,929||Miramax|
|8||School of Rock||4,522,814||6,521,355||-30.6||2,786||5||1,623||69,244,526||Paramount|
|11||In The Cut||2,063,361||97,625||825||2||2,501||2,239,702||Sony|
|12||Under the Tuscan Sun||1,694,685||2,287,114||-25.9||1,142||6||1,484||39,828,642||Buena Vista|
|13||Lost in Translation||1,233,218||1,483,166||-16.9||522||8||2,362||24,844,796||Focus|
|14||Out of Time||1,082,591||1,541,684||-29.8||1,096||5||988||39,314,901||MGM|
|15||The Human Stain||1,034,195||160||1||6,464||1,034,195||Miramax|
|16||Alien: The Director's Cut||1,023,665||347||1||2,950||1,287,560||Fox|
|18||Secondhand Lions||665,205||997,905||-33.3||794||7||838||40,936,132||New Line|
|Top 5||$ 66,420,827||$ 92,119,954||-27.9|
|Top 20 vs. 2002||97,222,724||110,574,196||-12.1|
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 : November 3, 2003 at 7:00PM EST