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.
New Line/Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You took over the box office with an estimated $27.5 million from 3,175 theaters. Directed by Ken Kwapis, the ensemble film stars Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson and Justin Long. The film averaged $8,650 per location.
20th Century Fox’s Taken, which last week topped the box office, dropped down one spot to second and lost just 17.9% in ticket sales. The Pierre Morel-directed action-thriller, starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, added an impressive $20.3 million in its second week for a total of $53.4 million. The film was produced and co-written by Luc Besson.
Coming in at number three was Focus Features’ Coraline, writer/director Henry Selick’s 3D stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book, with $16.3 million from 2,299 theaters. Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ian McShane, the animated adventure averaged $7,105 per site.
Moviegoers were not as interested as Columbia Pictures had hoped in Steve Martin’s return as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther 2, which earned $12 million in fourth from 3,243 theaters. The first Steve Martin-starrer opened to $20.2 million in February of 2006.
Columbia also rounded out the top five with Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. The comedy made $11 million in its fourth weekend and has reached a solid $97 million in total. It cost just $26 million to make.
Summit Entertainment’s new action-thriller Push, with Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Djimon Hounsou, debuted in sixth place with $10.2 million from 2,313 theaters. Directed by Paul McGuigan, the film cost $38 million to produce.
Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.