Paul Bettany fighting angels, Denzel in post apocalyptic mode, a large man dressed like a fairy and a very grumpy Han Solo where no match for James Cameron’s blue bunch last weekend at the US box office according to Box Office Mojo.
After reading the title you probably guessed this is now the sixth consecutive weekend in first place for Avatar, this time with a minuscule 18.3% drop for a weekend of $34,944,081 and a now $551,741,499 US total in just 38 days. Fox is happy to announce that Abadah stands at $1,838,802,321 worldwide and most likely passed Titanic on Monday (we don’t have those numbers yet but their bound to be at least 5 million more worldwide).
In second place we have newcomer Legion, a badly reviewed genre pic that surprised many experts by grossing $17,501,625 last weekend. For a $26 million budget I’d say that’s great and Paul Bettany must be proud of his 3rd biggest opening ever (first as a leading man).
The Book of Eli down 52% from last weekend was third with $15,732,493 for a US total of $60,735,686 so far. This flick will probably finish in the $90 million region domestically, enough to cover the $80 million budget when all is said and done worldwide.
A disappointing forth place is The Tooth Fairy with just $14,010,409, well below similar live-action The Rock family comedies.
Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones dropped 50.5% with $8,418,193 for a total of $31,242,633, still far from the $65 million reported budget but will probably make a profit for Paramount on DVD. This should finish with around 45 million at the US box office.
Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 are in 6th and 7th place while the last wide release of the weekend, Extraordinary Measures starring old grumpy Harrison Ford and non-mummy Brendan Fraser, flopping big time with $6,012,594. This was supposed to be the movie that lunched CBS into the movie business but it seems something didn’t go according to their plans. For the last time studios, big name actors will never buy you a hit (unless we’re talking about Will Smith), you still need to have something in the movie to attract an audience.
It’s Complicated and The Spy Next Door (with the biggest drop in the top 10) round up the chart:
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|3||2||The Book of Eli||WB||$15,732,493||-52.0%||3,111||–||$5,057||$60,735,686||$80||2|
|4||N||The Tooth Fairy||Fox||$14,010,409||–||3,344||–||$4,190||$14,010,409||$48||1|
|5||3||The Lovely Bones||P/DW||$8,418,192||-50.5%||2,571||+8||$3,274||$31,242,633||$65||7|
|7||4||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Fox||$6,403,504||-44.9%||2,973||-323||$2,154||$204,140,348||$75||5|
|10||6||The Spy Next Door||LGF||$4,584,524||-52.9%||2,924||–||$1,568||$18,544,619||–||2|