LABOR DAY UPDATE: Nicolas Cage’s career continues in freefall as his new movie, The Wicker Man, bombed badly, opening only in 3rd place. The poorly reviewed film made just $2.8 million Friday and $3.5 million Saturday for what was an anemic $11.7 mil long Labor Day weekend. (Hey, Nic, your career is on life support after this, World Trade Center, The Weather Man, Lord of War, even The Ant Bully in which you had a voiceover. It’s high time to have that heart-to-heart huddle with your big deal CAA agent, Richard Lovett.) This is yet another Dead-On-Arrival pic for Warner Bros., which has had a disastrous Summer 2006. But Hollywood studios seem to endlessly tolerate failure, so there’s little chance that any of the brass will get bounced. That left Lionsgate’s high concept movie Crank, featuring no big stars, to open No. 2 with $3.3 mil Friday and $3.5 mil Saturday for what was a $12.4 mil long weekend. So that means Disney’s football flick Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg was Numero Uno its second weekend out, adding another $3 mil Friday and $4.5 mil Saturday. The pic ended the Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon with $15.5 mil (for a total $38.1 mil). Fox Searchlight’s critic fave Little Miss Sunshine did $1.8 mil Friday and $2.9 mil Saturday for what was another $9.9 mil weekend. Meanwhile, well-reviewed The Illusionist from Yari Film Group opened wider with 975 theaters, earning $1.5 mil and $2.3 mil Saturday for what was an $8.1 mil long weekend. And Sony’s NASCAR spoof Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby looks to have finally run out of gas after finishing No. 1 or No. 2 for the past month. It earned $1.4 mil Friday and $2.4 mil Saturday for what was a $7.7 mil long weekend. More as it comes in…
Nicolas Cage's 'The Wicker Man' Bombs; Beaten By Mark Wahlberg's 'Invincible'
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