The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend, and you can read a full analysis from The Weekend Warrior. Be sure to check back on Monday for final figures based on actual box office.
The box office continues to remain healthy as two star-packed movies vied for the top spot with over $19 million each. Rob Reiner’s The Bucket List (Warner Bros.), starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, exploded into over 2,900 theaters nationwide where it amassed an estimated $19.5 million for the weekend, while Ice Cube’s latest comedy First Sunday (Sony/Screen Gems) opened in 700 fewer theaters but averaged over $8,500 to come in a close second with an estimated $19 million. The indie comedy Juno (Fox Searchlight) had to settle for third place, dropping only 12% from last weekend to make another $14 million over the weekend. It’s only a day or two away from becoming Fox Searchlight’s highest-grossing movie to date when it surpasses the $71.5 million made by the 2005 Oscar-nominee Sideways.