I hope everyone enjoyed the packed box office these past two weekends because other than a few scattered sleepers, it’s going to be a long time before anything good comes out.
After a few new entries on Christmas Day, the box office shuffled around before settling down a familiar top five.
Over the busy holiday week, National Treasure 2 held the top spot the whole way through. On the actual holiday it made $13.7 million, the third largest Christmas Day in history. From Friday to Sunday it made another estimated $35.6 million, filling its chest up to $124 million. That’s only a 20% drop and a good number for a second week.
Legend isn’t completely gone though, still holding in third place with $27.5 million and a monster total of $194.6 million. It’s not only the biggest movie this holiday season, but the ninth largest of the year and climbing (Chipmunks is 13th).
After all the movement, Charlie Wilson’s War landed back in fourth place with $11.8 million. It’s still playing on a thousand less screens than the top three.
Meanwhile, indie favorite Juno added another 700 screens or so and saw a 200% jump in its box office numbers ($10.3 million).
Aliens vs. Predator Requiem debuted in third place on Christmas Day for the third largest Christmas opening, but fell to sixth over the weekend with $10.1 million after audiences realized it was a total piece of garbage.
It’s the same slip for The Great Debaters which started in sixth and fell out of the top ten to the #11 spot. The film made $13 million over the holiday week by only playing on 1,170 screens. In comparison, Denzel Washington’s other movie in the director’s chair Antwone Fisher, only opened on 15 screens and made a total of $21 million.
The Water Horse is exactly like AvP2 only the kids live. It opened on Christmas also and made $9.2 this past three days.
There Will Be Blood looks enormous on its 2 screens, with a per theater average of $93k. I think that’s the largest PTA of the year. I’ll have an intern look it up. Update: Timmy says it is. He earned a pat on the head.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story looks like a bomb, falling to thirteenth place and only a total of $12 million. The musical biopic spoof cost a reported $35 million to make.
Here is another treasure-ous chart:
1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets $35.6 million
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks $30 million
3. I Am Legend $27.5 million
4. Charlie Wilson’s War $11.8 million
5. Juno $10.3 million
6. Aliens vs. Predator Requiem $10.1 million
7. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep $9.2 million
8. P.S. I Love You $9.1 million
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street $8 million
10. Enchanted $4.2 million