Released by Sony Pictures and directed by Robert Luketic, the crime drama stars newcomer Jim Sturgess as a gifted MIT student whose car-counting techniques help him cash in at Vegas’ hottest casinos.
Last week’s winner, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, slipped to second place, earning $17.4 million from ticket sales at 3,826 theaters. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the computer-animated film brought its domestic total to $117.4 million after a strong three-week run.
New entry Superhero Movie debuted in third place with $9.5 million. Directed by Craig Mazin and released by MGM, the slapstick comedy spoofs several recent action blockbusters, including Spider-Man and X-Men.
At No. 4, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns collected $7.7 million, reaching a cumulative gross of $32.8 million after two weeks in release. Lionsgate’s family drama stars Angela Bassett as a single mother whose life takes a drastic turn after she inherits a house from a father she’s never met.
Meanwhile, Paramount’s comedy Drillbit Taylor took home $5.8 million at No. 5. Directed by Steven Brill and starring Owen Wilson as a bodyguard who protects three kids from the high school bully, the film lifted its total haul to $20.5 million after a moderate two-week run.
Following closely in sixth place was 20th Century Fox’s horror remake Shutter, which earned $5.3 million and brought its cumulative gross to $19.1 million. The Masayuki Ochiai-directed film follows a couple haunted by a ghost whose silhouette appears in their photographs.
Roland Emmerich’s (pre-)historical epic 10,000 B.C. tumbled to No. 7 and took home $4.8 million, reaching a domestic total of $84.9 million after four weeks in release. Just behind at No. 8, new entry Stop-Loss (above) pulled $4.5 million from admissions at only 1,291 sites.
Two films rounded out the top ten: Disney’s family comedy College Road Trip, with a weekend gross of $3.5 million and a total of $38.3 million, and Roger Donaldson’s gangster drama The Bank Job, with $2.8 million ($24.1 million total gross).
The fourth major release, Run Fat Boy Run, didn’t make it into the top 10. Directed by David Schwimmer, the film stars Simon Pegg as an overweight security guard who decides to run a marathon to win back his ex-fiancée.
Dropping out of the top 10 this weekend were Summit’s Never Back Down, with a total haul of $21.1 million, and Pete Travis’ terrorism thriller Vantage Point, with a cumulative gross of $69.3 million.
Elephant walk: ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!’ remains no. 1
The 20th Century Fox computer-animated comedy Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! fended off three new releases, hanging on to the top spot at this Easter weekend’s (March 21–23, ’08) North American box office. The animated feature took in $24.5 million according to studio estimates released on Sunday.
Directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, and featuring the voice of Jim Carrey as an eccentric elephant protecting a microscopic community from disaster, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! brought its domestic total to $86 million after a strong two-week run.
Tyler Perry at no. 2
As found at boxofficemojo.com, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, debuted behind Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, collecting $20 million from ticket sales at 2,006 locations. Released by Lionsgate, the family drama stars Angela Bassett as a single mother who inherits a run-down house from the father she has never met.
Another new entry, Shutter, opened at no. 3 with $10.4 million. The Masayuki Ochiai-directed remake of a Thai horror classic follows a newlywed couple haunted by a ghost whose mysterious silhouette pops up in their photographs. In the cast: Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor.
Owen Wilson at no. 4
Paramount’s Drillbit Taylor opened in fourth place, scoring $10.3 million. Directed by Steven Brill and produced by Judd Apatow, the teen comedy stars Owen Wilson as a goofy bodyguard who vows to protect three kids from the high-school bullies harassing them.
At no. 5, Roland Emmerich’s pseudo-historic epic 10,000 BC earned $8.9 million from sales at 3,454 venues. Warner’s tale about a heroic mammoth hunter who travels to the ends of the world to ensure the future of his tribe lifted its total haul to $76.4 million after three weeks in release. In the cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, and the voice of Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962).
‘Never Back Down’ goes down
With $4.8 million, Summit Entertainment’s Never Back Down, starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, and Cam Gigandet, slipped to no. 6. The action drama reached a domestic total of $16.7 million after two weeks.
At no. 7, Walt Disney Pictures’ College Road Trip took in $4.6 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $32 million.
Roger Donaldson’s crime thriller The Bank Job, toplining Jason Statham, tumbled from no. 6 to no. 8, snatching $4.1 million and bringing its domestic total to $19.5 million. Meanwhile, Pete Travis’ terrorism thriller Vantage Point ranked in ninth with a weekend gross of $3.8 and a total of $65.3 million.
‘Under the Same Moon’ solid debut in limited release
Rounding out the Top Ten was new entry Under the Same Moon / La misma luna, with $2.7 million from ticket sales at only 266 theatres. Released by The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight, Patricia Riggen’s U.S./Mexican family drama tells the story of a 9-year-old Mexican boy (Adrian Alonso) who sets out to visit his mother (Kate del Castillo) in Los Angeles.
Four films dropped out of the Top Ten this weekend:
- Doomsday, with a domestic total of $8.9 million.
- The Other Boleyn Girl, with $22.5 million.
Cast: Natalie Portman. Scarlett Johansson. Eric Bana. Eddie Redmayne.
- Semi-Pro, with $32.2 million.
- The Spiderwick Chronicles, with $67.7 million.
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! image: 20th Century Fox.
Box office: ‘Never Back Down’ backs (far) off from ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!’
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! trampled over Never Back Down to reach the top of the North American box office this past weekend (March 14–16, ’08), collecting $45.1 million in revenues according to studio estimates released on Sunday.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox and directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, the computer-animated Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! features the voice of Jim Carrey as an eccentric elephant struggling to protect a microscopic community living on a speck of dust.
The Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! voice cast also includes:
Steve Carell. Carol Burnett. Will Arnett. Seth Rogen. Isla Fisher. Amy Poehler. Jonah Hill.
As found at boxofficemojo.com, new entry Never Back Down debuted in third place with $8.6 million. Summit Entertainment’s action drama directed by Jeff Wadlow tells the story of a rebellious teenager who gets thrust into the world of underground martial arts.
In the Never Back Down cast:
Sean Faris. Amber Heard. Cam Gigandet. Evan Peters. Leslie Hope. Djimon Hounsou. Wyatt Smith.
‘10,000 BC’ now no. 2
Last week’s box office champion, 10,000 BC, slipped to no. 2, grossing $16.4 million from ticket sales at 3,410 locations. Roland Emmerich’s prehistoric epic, which follows the adventures of a mammoth hunter traveling to the ends of the world to secure the future of his tribe, lifted its domestic total to $61.2 million after a strong two-week run.
The 10,000 BC cast includes Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, and Cliff Curtis, in addition to the voice of narrator Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago, The Tamarind Seed).
‘College Road Trip,’ ‘Vantage Point’ & Jason Statham
Meanwhile, Walt Disney’s College Road Trip tumbled to no. 4, taking home $7.8 million. The Roger Kumble-directed comedy, which stars Martin Lawrence as an overprotective father who takes his daughter (Raven-Symoné) on a road trip, reached a cumulative gross of $24.2 million after two weeks in release.
At no. 5, Pete Travis’ Vantage Point pulled in $5.4 million from 2,761 sites. Starring Dennis Quaid as a Secret Service agent who tries to uncover the truth behind an assassination attempt on the U.S. president, the terrorism thriller lifted its total haul to $59.2 million after a solid four-week run.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s The Bank Job ranked sixth, picking up $4.9 million. Starring Jason Statham as the leader of a gang of amateur robbers, the Roger Donaldson-directed crime thriller brought its domestic total to $13.3 million.
Universal’s new entry Doomsday opened at no. 7 with only $4.7 million at 1,936 locations. Directed by Neil Marshall, the action-adventure drama follows a commanding officer ordered to investigate the causes of a deadly virus that is threatening to destroy London.
Down from no. 5 to no. 8, New Line Cinema’s Will Ferrell sports comedy Semi-Pro brought in $3 million, while The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Eric Bana, earned $2.9 million in ninth place.
Paramount’s adventure tale The Spiderwick Chronicles rounded out the Top Ten with $2.3 million. The Mark Waters-directed film about three siblings who must protect a magical book from the claws of a ruthless ogre lifted its cumulative gross to $65.4 million after five weeks out.
Near the Top Ten were Doug Liman’s thriller Jumper with a $75 million domestic total, and Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, with a total haul of $5.3 million.
Sean Faris Never Back Down image: Summit Entertainment.
Reviled Roland Emmerich adventure flick ‘10,000 BC’ tops box office chart
Roland Emmerich’s prehistoric epic 10,000 BC – despite having been massacred by U.S. critics – squashed its competition at the North American box office this weekend (March 7–9, ’10) with $35.7 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.
Distributed by Warner Bros., 10,000 BC follows the adventures of a mammoth hunter who embarks on a perilous journey to free his tribe and rescue his loved one. The film also opened in 20 international markets, pulling in an additional $25.3 million.
The 10,000 BC cast includes Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, and Cliff Curtis, in addition to the voice of narrator Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago).
‘College Road Trip’ trailing in second place
As found at boxofficemojo.com, the Walt Disney Studios’ College Road Trip trailed 10,000 BC by a wide margin, scoring $14 million. The Roger Kumble-directed comedy stars Martin Lawrence as an overprotective father who volunteers to help his daughter (Raven-Symoné) pick the right college.
Dropping to no. 3, Pete Travis’ terrorism thriller Vantage Point picked up $7.5 million from ticket sales at 3,163 locations. The Sony actioner, which focuses on eight individuals entangled in an assassination attempt on a U.S. president, has lifted its domestic gross to $51.6 million after three weeks in release.
‘Semi-Pro’ down to amateur level
Last week’s box office champion, Semi-Pro, ranked in fourth, earning $5.9 million. Starring Will Ferrell as the owner of a basketball team, New Line Cinema’s sports comedy reached a total gross of $24.8 million, which is an unusually weak result for a Ferrell flick.
Opening in fifth place was Lionsgate’s crime thriller The Bank Job, which collected $5.7 million. Jason Statham stars as the leader of a gang of amateur robbers who break into the Lloyds Bank in London.
‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ surprisingly sturdy
At no. 6, The Spiderwick Chronicles took in $4.8 million, bringing its total haul to $61.7 million after a solid four-week run. Directed by Mark Waters, the Paramount adventure tale follows three siblings who must protect a magical book from the claws of a ruthless ogre.
Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson
Meanwhile, Justin Chadwick’s period drama The Other Boleyn Girl tumbled to no. 7 with $4 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $14.6 million. Released by Focus Features, the film stars Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson as two sisters competing for the affection of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana).
Amy Adams opens modestly
Warners’ Fool’s Gold rounded out the Top Ten with $2.8 million. The Andrew Tennant-directed adventure comedy starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey reached a domestic total of $62.8 million after five weeks in release.
The only other new release this past weekend was Focus Features’ Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, which debuted in eleventh place with $2.5 million from 535 venues.
Camilla Belle 10,000 BC image: Warner Bros.
Will Ferrell’s latest sports comedy, Semi-Pro, leaped to the top of the North American box office this weekend, but it failed to match up to the openings of his previous hits Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights.
Semi-Pro, a New Line Cinema release directed by Kent Alterman, stars Ferrell as the owner and coach of an incompetent basketball team. The comedy earned $15.2 million from ticket sales at 3,121 locations. That’s about half of the $33 million opening-weekend gross of Blades of Glory, and approximately one third of the $47 million opening of Talladega Nights.
Last week’s box office champion, Vantage Point, dropped to no. 2, with $13 million, lifting its domestic gross to $41 million after two weeks in release. The terrorism action spectacle directed by Pete Travis centers on eight strangers who get tangled up in an assassination attempt on the U.S. president.
At No. 3, Mark Waters’ adventure tale The Spiderwick Chronicles collected $8.7 million. The Paramount release based on the books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi reached a cumulative gross of $55 million after a solid three-week run.
New entry The Other Boleyn Girl debuted in fourth place this weekend, pulling $8.3 million from admissions at only 1,166 theaters. The period drama directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman tells the story of two sisters who compete for the affection of King Henry VIII.
Meanwhile, Doug Liman’s Jumper tumbled to no. 5, with $7.6 million. The 20th Century Fox film, starring Hayden Christensen as a young man who can teleport himself, brought its total haul to $66.8 million after three weeks in theaters.
Walt Disney’s Step Up 2 the Streets ranked in sixth, taking home $5.7 million from 2,528 sites and reaching a domestic total of $48.5 million. Jon Chu’s sequel to the 2006 smash hit is just $17 million shy of its predecessor’s $65 million cumulative.
Two films rounded out the top ten: new entry Penelope, which debuted in ninth place with $3.8 million, and Definitely, Maybe, which collected $3.3 million and lifted its cumulative gross to $26.6 million after three weeks.