Heartbreak for Ben Stiller’s New Comedy

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The ComingSoon.net 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.

Disney’s The Game Plan, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, remained in the top spot with an estimated $16.3 million, dropping just 29.1% in ticket sales. The family comedy has earned a total of $42.8 million in two weeks.

Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers reteamed for the DreamWorks comedy The Heartbreak Kid, which debuted in second place with a disappointing $14 million from 3,229 theaters. While it beat There’s Something About Mary‘s $13.7 million opening in 1998 (it went on to earn $176.5 million), the box office market has changed quite a bit and movies have to jump out of the gate much quicker these days to make a mark.

Universal’s The Kingdom, starring Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner, dropped one spot to third, adding $9.3 million for a total of $31.4 million in two weeks.

Milla Jovovich-starrer Resident Evil: Extinction earned $4.3 million in its third weekend. Screen Gems’ third installment of the franchise has made $43.5 million, in line with the second film, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

Fox Walden’s first release, fantasy pic The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, bombed with just $3.7 million from 3,141 theaters, while other newcomer Feel the Noise made almost that much in only 1,015 theaters ($3.4 million).

In limited release, writer/director Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney, collected an impressive $704,000 from 15 theaters, an average of $46,933 per site. Also, “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” played in two theaters and made $95,000, an average of $47,500.

The top 10 grossed just under $62 million over the weekend, which was a whopping 37% drop from the same weekend last year, as well as one of the worst October weekends at the box office in many years.

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

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