Messengers Maul Mothers at Box Office


The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Be sure to check back on Monday for final figures based on actual box office.

Sony’s Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures’ The Messengers won the box office on Super Bowl weekend, earning an estimated $14.5 million from 2,528 theaters. The Sam Raimi-produced Pang brothers ghost film, made for $16 million, averaged $5,735 per theaters.

Starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore, the Universal romantic comedy Because I Said So was close behind in second with $13 million from 2,526 theaters for an average of $5,155.

Last week’s champ, 20th Century Fox’s comedy Epic Movie dropped 55.8% and to third place. The spoof added $8.3 million and has pulled in $29.4 million in two weeks.

Still going strong after seven weeks in theaters, Fox’s Night at the Museum earned another $6.8 million and has collected a massive $225.4 million. The film has moved up to 54th on the all-time domestic blockbuster list.

Joe Carnahan’s crime-drama Smokin’ Aces rounded out the top five with $6.3 million in its second weekend. The $17 million Universal release has made $24.9 million so far.

Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.