Oct. 28 update: Saw IV stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $32.1 million.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, the fourth installment in the popular Saw series opened at 3,183 theaters on Friday, slightly surpassing the $31.7 million opening gross of Saw II. The Lionsgate release, however, failed to beat the $33 million opening of its predecessor, Saw III.
New entry Dan in Real Life ranked in second, collecting $12.1 million from ticket sales at only 1,921 locations. Directed by Peter Hedges, this romantic comedy stars Steve Carell as a lonely advice columnist and single father who falls for his brother’s girlfriend. Juliette Binoche co-stars.
Last week’s winner 30 Days of Night dropped to No. 3, earning $6.7 million from 2,859 theaters. The David Slade-directed zombie shocker lifted its cumulative gross to $27.3 million after an impressive two-week run.
Walt Disney’s The Game Plan slipped to No. 4 this weekend, taking home $6.3 million. Directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the PG-13 comedy reached a total haul of $77.1 million after five weeks of release.
Meanwhile, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married ranked in fifth, pulling $5.7 million from 1,897 markets, thus lifting its cumulative take to $47.3 million after three weeks in theaters.
This upcoming weekend, three major releases will compete for the No. 1 spot at the box office.
Ridley Scott returns with American Gangster, a crime drama starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington. Based on an article by Mark Jacobson, the film follows a detective who struggles to hunt down New York’s most influential drug lord. American Gangster is set to debut at more than 3,000 theaters.
Also opening is Stephen Hickner and Simon J. Smith’s animated feature Bee Movie (above), which follows the adventures of Barry B. Benson, a courageous bee who decides to sue the human race after discovering that humans are mass consumers of honey. Voices are provided by Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, John Goodman, Matthew Broderick, Kathy Bates, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Liotta, and others. Bee Movie is distributed by DreamWorks Animation and is scheduled to land at 3,500 theaters.
Delayed several times due to reshoots and reediting, Menno Meyjes’ drama Martial Child is finally ready. Starring John Cusack and sister Joan Cusack, the movie tells the story of a writer who tries to adopt a 6-year-old boy who thinks he’s from Mars.
Limited releases include Marc Forster’s drama The Kite Runner (right), Ted Braun’s documentary Darfur Now, and Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, a documentary by Julien Temple.
30 Days of Night soared to the top of the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$16 million.
David Slade’s adaptation of the popular graphic novel stars Josh Hartnett (above, right) as an Alaskan town sheriff who faces his most challenging mission yet when a gang of bloodthirsty vampires invade the community amid 30 days of darkness.
Last week’s champion, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, dropped to No. 2, collecting a solid $12.1 million from ticket sales at 2,034 locations. The film lifted its cumulative gross to $38.9 million after two weeks in release.
Walt Disney’s family comedy The Game Plan slipped to No. 3, earning $8.1 million from 3,301 markets. Directed by Andy Fickman and starring wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the movie reached a total haul of $69.2 million after a strong four-week run.
At the No. 4 spot, Tony Gilroy’s thriller Michael Clayton snatched $7.1 million this weekend, lifting its cumulative gross to $22 million after three weeks in theaters. The George Clooney vehicle focuses on an attorney who faces his toughest challenge yet when his most important case is sabotaged.
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, ranked in fifth this weekend, taking home $6 million from ticket sales at 1,713 theatres. Based on the acclaimed novel by Dennis Lehane, the movie follows two private detectives on their quest to find a missing girl.
Next weekend, two wide releases will compete for the top spot at the box office.
What would Halloween be without Saw. On Friday, fans of the franchise will be able to gear up for the fourth installment in the popular series, which follows Jigsaw’s cruel games even though he and his apprentice are dead. The horror flick is helmed by Darren Lynn Bousman and produced by James Wan.
Also opening is Dan in Real Life, a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche. Directed by Peter Hedges, the man behind the acclaimed Pieces of April, the movie focuses on a talented advice columnist whose life takes an unexpected twist when he falls for his brother’s girlfriend.
Limited releases include veteran Sidney Lumet’s latest drama Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, starring Ethan Hawke; Jonathan Demme’s documentary Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains; and Alejandro Gomez Monteverde’s romantic drama Bella.
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated US$21.5 million.
The latest adaptation by playwright-turned-director Perry opened at 2,011 sites Friday and largely surpassed the $13-million opening-weekend gross of his previous film, Daddy’s Little Girls, which hit theaters earlier this year.
Last week’s winner The Game Plan missed a touchdown this weekend and dropped to No. 2, scoring $11.5 million from 3,128 locations. Directed by Andy Fickman, Walt Disney’s latest PG-13 comedy starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson lifted its cumulative gross to $59.4 million after an impressive three-week run.
Tony Gilroy’s thriller Michael Clayton expanded to 2,362 theaters this weekend, earning $11 million and reaching a total haul of $12.1 million after two weeks in release. Starring George Clooney, the movie focuses on an attorney who faces his toughest challenge, yet, when his most important case is sabotaged.
Meanwhile, new entry We Own the Night arrived at the No. 4 spot, pulling in $11 million at 2,362 locations. James Gray’s crime drama stars Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix as two brothers whose family loyalty is challenged after the Russian mob plans to assassinate their father, the chief of police.
Down from No. 2 to No. 5, The Heartbreak Kid took home $7.4 million, reaching a total haul of $26 million after two weeks. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Ben Stiller stars as a newlywed who falls for another woman on his honeymoon.
This upcoming weekend, five film will compete for the No. 1 spot.
In 30 Days of Night, Josh Hartnett stars as the sheriff of an Alaskan town invaded by evil creatures. Directed by David Slade, the movie is based on the popular graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, and is set to open at 2,700 theaters.
Ben Affleck celebrates his directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone, a crime drama about two young detectives who investigate the sudden disappearance of a little girl. The film stars Casey Affleck, Ed Harris, and Michelle Monaghan.
Next up is Oscar winner Gavin Hood’s political thriller Rendition, which follows a young woman’s battle to find her husband, a chemical engineer who is being secretly held at a remote CIA prison. Hood won an Academy Award for his previous film Tsotsi, and Rendition marks his Hollywood debut. Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alan Arkin star.
Also opening is Tom Brady’s slapstick comedy The Comebacks, which spoofs sports movies such as Friday Night Lights and Dodgeball. Think of it as the Scary Movie for the sports genre, and you’ll know what awaits you. The film is set to hit 2,800 theaters.
In Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour, a 17-year-old girl encounters mysterious figures while on a vacation trip in the small town of Pine Valley. The movie is based on a story by John Comrie.
Film in limited release include Susanne Bier’s Things We Lost in the Fire, starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro; Terry George’s revenge drama Reservation Road, with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo; and the Jennifer Lopez vehicle Bordertown, a crime drama directed by Gregory Nava.
Box office: Ben Stiller ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ suffers from low stamina
Starring Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock, The Game Plan topped the North American box office this weekend (Oct. 5–7, ’07) with an estimated $16.3 million. Andy Fickman’s PG-rated comedy has thus prolonged its reign at the top of the chart for a second consecutive week, reaching a total gross of $42.8 million – while relegating newcomer The Heartbreak Kid to the second spot.
Released by Walt Disney Pictures, the poorly received The Game Plan follows am egocentric star quarterback who finds out he has a 7-year-old daughter (Madison Pettis) from a previous marriage.
As found at boxofficemojo.com, new entry The Heartbreak Kid ranked in second, earning $14 million in ticket sales from 3,229 sites. The Bobby and Peter Farrelly-directed comedy stars Ben Stiller as a newlywed who falls for another woman during his own honeymoon. Malin Akerman and Michelle Monaghan costar.
Despite predictions by “experts,” the movie failed to grab the no. 1 spot, possibly because of its R rating coupled with widespread negative reviews.
‘The Kingdom’ goes down one
Down one spot to no. 3, Peter Berg’s The Kingdom collected $9.3 million from 2,802 markets. Starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Chris Cooper, the action thriller lifted its cumulative gross to $31.4 million after two weeks of release.
Meanwhile, Russell Mulcahy’s Resident Evil: Extinction delivered yet another strong performance at no. 4, taking in $4.3 million. The third installment in the series based on the popular Capcom videogame reached a total haul of $43.5 million, and is only $7 million short of its predecessor’s total gross (not adjusted for inflation).
‘The Seeker’ fails to find an audience
New entry The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising landed at the no. 5 spot, pulling in $3.7 million from 3,141 venues.
Directed by David L. Cunningham and based on the novel by Susan Cooper, The Seeker follows the adventures of a teenager whose life is turned upside down after he discovers that he is the last chosen warrior to fight the forces of darkness.
Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I returns
This upcoming weekend, four major releases will compete for the no. 1 spot at the U.S. and Canada box office.
Director Shekhar Kapur, whose Elizabeth was a 1998 Best Picture Oscar nominee, returns with a sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, exploring the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and the adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh. Cate Blanchett is back as The Queen, being supported by Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush.
Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix will face each other off in James Gray’s crime drama We Own the Night, about two brothers who get tangled up in some serious danger when the Russian mob vows to kill their father, who happens to be the chief of police. We Own the Night marks Wahlberg’s second collaboration with Gray, following The Yards.
Also set to open is The Final Season, a sports drama about a determined coach who struggles to lead the Norway High School baseball team to victory. Opening at 1,000 locations, the movie stars Sean Astin and is helmed by David M. Evans, director of The Sandlot.
Tyler Perry also returns to the big screen with Why Did I Get Married?, a comedy about eight married college buddies who encounter a series of unexpected and tempting surprises when they reunite for their annual get-together in the Colorado mountains.
Ben Stiller The Heartbreak Kid image: Paramount Pictures.
Dwayne Johnson ‘The Game Plan’ outruns competitors despite negative reviews
The Game Plan debuted at the top of the North American box office this past weekend (Sept. 28–30) with an estimated $22.7 million.
The Walt Disney Pictures’ PG-rated comedy directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock opened at 3,103 sites on Friday, outrunning its competitors despite having been slammed by poor reviews.
The Game Plan focuses on an egocentric star quarterback who faces his biggest challenge yet when he discovers that he has a 7-year-old daughter (Madison Pettis) from a previous marriage.
Saudi Arabia bombing ahead of machine-gun-toting heroine
As found at boxofficemojo.com, new entry The Kingdom trailed The Game Plan while still earning a solid $17.7 million from ticket sales at 2,793 locations. Helmed by Peter Berg, and starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Chris Cooper, the movie follows four elite FBI agents in their investigation of the bombing of an American housing compound in Saudi Arabia.
Last week’s winner, Resident Evil: Extinction, starring Milla Jovovich, slipped to no. 3, collecting $8 million and lifting its cumulative gross to $36.8 million after two weeks in theaters. The third installment in the series based on the popular Capcom videogame is $14 million short of surpassing the total (unadjusted) gross of its predecessor, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
‘Chuck’ running out of luck
Mark Helfrich’s comedy Good Luck Chuck dropped from no. 2 to no. 4, taking home $6.3 million from 2,612 locations and reaching a total haul of $23.6 million after a passable two-week run.
Down one spot from no. 4 to no. 5, James Mangold’s Western 3:10 to Yuma picked up $4.2 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $43.9 million after four weeks. Starring Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, the movie follows a troubled rancher on his quest to put a ruthless criminal on a train heading to a high-security prison.
Will Ben Stiller beat Caribbean beats?
Next weekend, three wide releases will compete for the top spot at the box office.
Peter and Bobby Farrelly return with The Heartbreak Kid, a remake of a 1972 Charles Grodin-Cybill Shepherd romantic comedy about a newlywed who discovers that his marriage causes him more agony than happiness. The 2007 version stars Ben Stiller, Malin Akerman, and Michelle Monaghan, and is scheduled to hit 3,000 theatres.
In The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, a teenager discovers that he is the last of a group of immortals chosen to battle the forces of darkness. Directed by David L. Cunningham, the adventure tale is based on Susan Cooper’s acclaimed novel.
Also set to open is Feel the Noise, a musical drama about a Harlem rapper who, after fleeing to Puerto Rico, finds his peace with Reggaeton, a musical genre mixing reggae, salsa, and other Caribbean/Central American beats. Omarion Grandberry stars, while Jennifer Lopez acted as the film’s producer.
Maddison Pettis and Dwayne Johnson The Game Plan image: Walt Disney Pictures.