The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for final figures based on actual box office.
The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman struck again, as his new sci-fi action-thriller Jumper opened to impressive numbers this holiday weekend. Over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend, Jumper earned an estimated $31.7 million from 3,428 theaters for an average of $9,247 per location. That makes it the fifth-biggest opening for the weekend ever, trailing just Ghost Rider ($52 million), 50 First Dates ($45.2 million), Daredevil ($45 million) and Constantine ($33.6 million). 20th Century Fox took advantage of Valentine’s Day Thursday, opening the pic a day early and allowing the movie to reach $38.3 million in its first five days domestically. Overseas, it duplicated its domestic success, making $28.2 million at 2,800 theaters in 30 countries, pushing the worldwide total to $66.5 million already. Jumper, starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson and Jamie Bell, was budgeted at around $85 million.
Paramount Pictures’ The Spiderwick Chronicles debuted in the second spot over the Presidents’ Day weekend, earning $24.5 million from 3,847 locations for an average of $6,359 per site. Directed by Mark Waters and starring Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright and David Strathairn, as well as the voices of Seth Rogen and Martin Short, the fantasy adaptation has collected $26.8 million since opening in conventional and IMAX theaters on Thursday. It was produced for about $90 million.
In August of 2006, Disney’s Step Up debuted with an impressive $20.7 million in 2,467 theaters and Step Up 2 the Streets opened similarly with $21.5 million over the four day holiday weekend from 2,470 theaters. The dance sequel averaged a strong $8,710 per theaters and has earned $28.1 million since Thursday.
After topping the box office last weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures’ adventure-comedy Fool’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, dipped 30.4% to make $15 million for the four days and push its two-week total to $43.98 million. Our guess is the studio is not complaining.
Universal Pictures’ new romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, with Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Kevin Kline, rounded out the top five with $11.4 million over the four days. It opened in 2,204 theaters and averaged $5,175.
The studio’s Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins added $10.4 million its second weekend and has earned $30.7 million so far. The Martin Lawrence-starrer cost just $35 million to make.
Indie wonder Juno collected another $5.5 million in its 11th weekend to bring its massive total to $124.97 million.
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