I’m late with this weekend’s box office because of illness. But it was so horribly boring that no one will give a damn. Worse, overall box office was down 8.1% from last year’s. Of course, it’s thrilling to Walt Disney that its four-quadrant fantasy comedy Enchanted is the No. 1 movie for the second weekend in a row, making $17 million (50% from its opening) from 3,730 theaters for a hot new cumulative of $70.6 million. And fab for Sony/Screen Gems that its Tyler Perry clone, This Christmas, is No. 2 with $8.4 million from 2,410 venues for a respectable new cume of $36.8 mil. And both DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie (cume of $117.6 mil) and Universal’s American Gangster (cume of $121.7 mil) keep raking it in. Otherwise, all the pics were holdovers except The Weinstein Co’s ludicrous thriller Awake, which was yet another dog for beleaguered distributor MGM. Starring Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen (didn’t they once have thriving careers?), the stillborn pic did only $6 mil from 2,002 runs. By the way, Fox Searchlight’s The Savages opened in four dates and made $185K from Friday through Sunday, while Miramax’s The Diving Bell And The Butterfly debuted in 3 plays for a weekend total $75K. New Line’s big-budget holiday tentpole The Golden Compass had a sneak but no figures are available.
Here’s Top 10…
- 1. Enchanted: wkd $17M, (cume $70.6M)
- 2. This Christmas: wkd $8.4M, (cume $36.8M)
- 3. Beowolf: wkd $7.8M, (cume $68.6M)
- 4. Awake: wkd $6M, (cume $6M)
- 5. Hitman: wkd $5.8M, (cume $30.2M)
- 6. Fred Claus: wkd $5.5M, (cume $59.8M)
- 7. August Rush: wkd $5.1M, (cume $20.3M)
- 8. Bee Movie: wkd $4.4M, (cume $117.6M)
- 9. American Gangster: wkd $4.2M, (cume $121.7M)
- 10. The Mist: wkd $4.2M, (cume $19.2M)
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