Shia Disturbs the Box Office Once Again!


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.

Despite the release of four new movies including two new thrillers, DreamWorks/Paramount’s hit thriller Disturbia, starring Shia LaBeouf, held its ground at the top of the box office with a 2nd weekend take of $13.5 million. Made for an estimated $20 million, the well-reviewed thriller has grossed twice that amount after ten days.

Opening in second with an estimated weekend take of $11.2 million was New Line’s crime drama Fracture, which pit Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins against recent Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling. Presumably, it brought in a good mix of older and younger audiences, as it averaged a respectable $4,576 in its moderate release into 2,443 theatres.

DreamWorks’ ice skating comedy Blades of Glory, starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, became only the third movie of 2007 to cross the $100 million mark, as it dropped to third place with roughly $7.8 million.

It ended up just ahead of the Screen Gems’ horror flick Vacancy, starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, which opened with a mere $7.6 million despite opening in the most theatres of the new releases. Budgeted at $19 million, the thriller averaged less than $3,000 per site.

Disney’s Meet the Robinsons had a surprising 43% drop in its fourth weekend despite being one of the few family films in theatres. It took 5th place with just over $7 million bringing its total to $82.2 million.

With the highest per-theater average in the Top 10, Rogue Pictures’ police comedy Hot Fuzz, from the makers of Shaun of the Dead, brought in $5.8 million in business in just 825 theaters. Its impressive per-theatre average of $7k per venue was condusive to a decision by Rogue to expand the movie into over 1,000 theatres next weekend.

Ice Cube’s comedy sequel Are We Done Yet? wound up at #7 with $5.2 million, bringing its total to $39.6 million.

After being delayed for many months, Jon Kasdan’s indie dramedy In the Land of Women was released by Warner Bros. into 2,155 theatres, where it averaged a weak $2,280 per venue, opening in 8th place.

With too much new competition for thrillseekers, Sony’s Perfect Stranger starring Halle Berry and Bruce Willis, took a major plunge in its second weekend, dropping 63% with $4.1 million made over the weekend. In ten days, it has grossed roughly $18 million, less than Berry’s last thriller Gothika made its opening weekend.

Likewise, 20th Century Fox Viking epic Pathfinder took a 2nd weekend dive, dropping 66% to end up on the outskirts of the Top 12 with $1.7 million.

After playing for two weeks in select cities, the Miramax crime drama The Hoax, starring Richard Gere, expanded nationwide into over 1,000 theatres where it grossed $1.3 million, 11% less than it made last week in half as many theatres. So far, it has grossed $5.1 million.

David Arquette self-distributed his directorial debut, the political horror flick The Tripper, but it only made $23 thousand over the weekend in the 50 theatres playing it, averaging $464 per site.

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