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 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour opened with a massive $29 million from just 683 theaters setting a new record for the Super Bowl weekend previously held by When a Stranger Calls, which opened to $21.6 million two years ago. The 3-D concert movie, shot during Cyrus’s 54-city sold-out tour, averaged a record-breaking $42,460 per theater. Ticket sales were boosted by the higher admission price, which were in most cases as much as $15.
In response to the overwhelming demand, Disney is extending the length of the film’s theatrical run, it was announced today by Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group. The movie, which also features a special appearance by the enormously popular Jonas Brothers, will now play extended engagements. Commenting on the announcement, Zoradi said, “Audience reaction for the Disney Digital 3-D presentation of ‘Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert’ has been so overwhelming that we’ve decided to extend the film’s theatrical run. The extra playing time will give more fans a chance to see their favorite performer in an exciting new way that brings the concert experience to life on the big screen. It will also accommodate those fans who want come and enjoy the experience again. Miley is clearly one of today’s most exciting, talented and charismatic performers, and we’re delighted that her fans are having such a great time with this entertaining and innovative 3- D adventure.”
Opening in second place, Jessica Alba’s supernatural thriller The Eye earned an estimated $13 million from 2,436 theaters. The Lionsgate release averaged $5,336 per site.
Fox’s 27 Dresses remained in the third spot, adding $8.4 million in its third weekend. Budgeted at $30 million, Katherine Heigl’s romantic comedy has reached $57.1 million.
Fox Searchlight’s Juno moved up three spots to fourth with $7.5 million. The critical hit has collected an impressive $110.3 million in nine weeks.
Last week’s champ, spoof comedy Meet the Spartans dropped four spots to make $7.1 million in fifth place. The film is up to $28.3 million after two weeks. Lionsgate’s Rambo also dropped four spots to sixth with $7 million for a two-week total of $29.8 million.
Moviegoers didn’t pay much attention to the other two newcomers, Eva Longoria’s Over Her Dead Body and comedy Strange Wilderness. The former made $4.6 million from 1,977 theaters, while the latter made $3.1 million from 1,208 theaters.
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