SUNDAY AM: Cutting edge comedy Blades of Glory glided to No. 1 this weekend with a big $32 million opener on 3,372 theaters. Will Ferrell’s hot streak at the box office didn’t turn to ice, not with John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) perched on his shoulders — literally. I do think CBS is broadcasting its epic Final Four NCAA basketball tourney on Saturday hurt the DreamWorks/Paramount laugher’s box office. In 2nd place, Disney’s CG-created Meet The Robinsons got a big Saturday kiddie matinee bounce to finish Friday-Saturday-Sunday with $24.6 mil on 3,413 venues. The toon from Disney’s own animation studio, not Pixar’s, had some 600 of its screens equipped with Disney’s brand new 3-D technology that’s a far cry from the old gimmicky red and green lenses. In 3rd place, Warner Bros.’s blockbuster battle epic 300 still made major moolah starting its 4th week out: it had a $11 mil weekend on 3,004 screens for a giant new cume of $179.5 mil. Another Warner Bros. holdover, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, grabbed the 4th spot this Friday-Saturday-Sunday with $9 mil (63% drop from last weekend) for a new cume of of $38.3 mil.
In 5th place, Disney’s Wild Hogs is just unstoppable: still playing in 3,200 theaters starting its 5th week out, the motorcycle movie mustered another $8.5 mil at the box office this weekend for a new cume of $135.5 mil. Paramount’s Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg continued to disappoint its second week out, making only $7.7 mil for 6th place from 2,806 playdates for a new cume of only $26.9 mil. Sony’s chick thriller Premonition starring Sandra Bullock stayed in 7th place contention beginning its third weekend, earning $5.1 mil from 2,474 venues for a new cume of $39.3 mil. The last three movies in the Top 10 were neck and neck. New Line’s holdover The Last Mimzy, directed by the studio’s chairman, is now officially a bomb: playing in 3,017 theaters, it dropped 63% to squeeze out only $3.7 mil Friday-Saturday-Sunday for a pathetic new cume of only $15.9 mil. Fox Atomic’s horror flick The Hills Have Eyes 2 dropped 61%, but still eked out $3.7 mil from 2,465 theaters for a lackluster new cume of only $15.6 mil. And, in 10th place, Sony’s Reign Over Me, that 9/11 dramatic turn for Adam Sandler, earned $3.7 mil from 1,671 theaters for a new cume of $13.3 mil. The only other movie opening this weekend was The Lookout from Miramax: playing in 955 venues, it made $2 mil for Friday-Saturday-Sunday. This weekend’s box office is running colder than last year’s when Ice Age 2 opened huge.
- 1. Blades Of Glory did $12.3 mil Fri, $12.1 mil Sat and an est $7.5 mil Sun.
- 2. Meet The Robinsons earned $7.6 mil Fri, $10.3 mil Sat and an est $6.7 Sun.
- 3. 300 made $3.4 mil Fri, $4.7 mil Sat and an est $2.8 mil Sun.
- 4. TMNT earned $2.6 mil Fri, $4 mil Sat and an est $2.3 mil Sun.
- 5. Wild Hogs took in $2.5 mil Fri, $3.9 mil Sat and an est $2 mil Sun.
- 6. Shooter made $2.5 mil Fri, $3.3 mil Sat and an est $1.8 mil Sun.
- 7. Premonition did $1.7 mil Fri, $2.2 mil Sat and an est $1.1 mil Sun.
- 8. The Last Mimzy earned $1.1 mil Fri, $1.7 mil Sat and an est $950K Sun.
- 9. The Hills Have Eues 2 made $1.3 mil Fri, $1.6 mil Sat and an est $800K Sun.
- 10. Reign Over Me did $1.2 mil Fri, $1.5 mil Sat and an est $920 Sun.