High School Remains Atop Rankings

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Despite coming in at No. 5 on Friday due to Halloween night activities, High School Musical 3: Senior Year rebounded strongly on Saturday and Sunday to remain at No. 1 with $15 million, a drop of 64.2% in ticket sales from its first weekend. The third installment of the popular Disney franchise has earned $61.8 million in its first 10 days. Additionally, overseas the film added $26 million from 26 markets, pushing its foreign total to $85 million and worldwide total to $146.8 million. Disney says there is a “very likely” chance there will be another sequel, but the format and cast have not been decided yet. “High School Musical 3” was made for only $11 million.

According to The Weinstein Company, Kevin Smith’s new comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, opened in second place with an estimated $10.7 million from 2,735 theaters, an average of $3,906 per location. Other studios, however, said the estimate was at least $1 million to high, so final numbers on Monday will show if it remains in second or might drop a spot or two.

Dropping one spot to third was Liongate’s Saw V, which took in another $10.1 million in its second weekend. The fifth installment has earned $45.8 million in two weeks and only cost about $10.8 million to make.

The fourth spot belonged to Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie. The Universal thriller expanded into 1,850 theaters and earned $9.4 million for a total of $10.1 million after two weeks.

Indie horror-thriller The Haunting of Molly Hartley rounded out the top five with $6 million from 2,652 theaters. The Freestyle Releasing pic stars Haley Bennett.

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

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