STRONG B.O.: Jodie Jumps Above Jessica And Joss

After a couple of weekends where nothing terribly exciting occurred, this weekend is filled with interesting little events.

FLIGHTPLAN held onto #1, dropping less than 40% from its opening weekend and closing in on $50 million. This equals Foster’s PANIC ROOM and CONTACT which went on to earn $96 and $100 million.

Joss Whedon’s SERENITY took 2nd. But with only $10 million, the niche film (which is excellent by the way) didn’t break out past its core audience. Look for a steep drop next week as the film struggles to reach $25 million.
INTO THE BLUE was the film many expected to open at #1, but with only $7 million, it ended up taking 5th place. I guess sex appeal only gets you so far.

Cult director David Cronenberg experienced some mainstream success as A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE took in a surprising $8.1 million on only 1,340 screens. That’s more than the total gross of his last 4 films combined.
It also surpasses DEAD RINGERS total gross of $8 million to become his 3rd most successful film of all time, behind THE FLY’s $40.5 million and $20.8 for THE DEAD ZONE.

Back in 2002, Bill Paxton made his directing debut with FRAILTY. It went against CHANGING LANES and THE SWEETEST THING, films which opened on over 1000 more screens. It also competed against the 2nd weekend of the Jodie Foster thriller, PANIC ROOM. FRAILTY opened in 9th place with a take of just over $4 million.

Cut to 3 years later and Paxton’s 2nd film as director, THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED once again opens against 2 movies with over 1000 more screens, and the 2nd weekend of the Jodie Foster thriller. So, it should be no surprise that THE GREATEST GAME opened in…that’s right 9th place, this time taking in just UNDER $4 million.

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is closing in on $70 million. That’s over 3 1/2 times its production budget. Nice work there.

THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN crossed $100 million this weekend. SCORE!

WEDDING CRASHERS went one step beyond my prediction and passed BATMAN BEGINS to become the 3rd highest grossing film this year. It also passed ARMAGEDDON to officially become the most successful movie of Owen Wilson’s career (unless you count his one-minute cameo in MEET THE FOCKERS.)
Vince Vaughn would need another $22 million to eclipse THE LOST WORLD.

In limited release, the big winner this weekend was Philip Seymour Hoffman in CAPOTE, while THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO was a loser for Julianne Moore. Neil Gaimen’s MIRRORMASK landed somewhere in the middle.
Not A Shot From CAPOTE.


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