Scary Roommates & Caverns Top Slow Box Office Weekend


The 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.

It’s Super Bowl weekend and Sony’s Screen Gems division continues their tradition of releasing low-budget genre fare over one of the biggest sports weekends of the year with the thriller The Roommate, starring Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester, bringing in an estimated $15.6 million opening weekend in 2,534 theaters, averaging over $6,000 per site. The James Cameron-produced cavern adventure Sanctum (Universal) took second place with $9.2 million in 2,787 theaters despite costing nearly twice as much as the Screen Gems thriller.

The Ashton Kutcher-Natalie Portman rom-com No Strings Attached (Paramount) dropped to third place with $8.4 million, down 37% from last weekend and bringing its total to nearly $52 million after three weeks.

The Oscar-nominated The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, continued to move up the ranks at the box office, taking fourth place with $8.3 million and a total gross of $84.2 million. It’s slowly catching up to its primary Oscar competition, David Fincher’s The Social Network, which has grossed $96.4 million in theaters.

Seth Rogen and Michel Gondry’s hit superhero flick The Green Hornet (Sony) took in another $6.1 million for fifth place with $87.2 million grossed after a month in theaters.

Both of last week’s new releases took massive hits with the Anthony Hopkins thriller The Rite (New Line/WB) dropping from first to sixth place with $5.6 million for the weekend, down 62% from its opening, and $23.7 million total. Jason Statham’s The Mechanic (CBS Films) dropped to seventh with $5.4 million and $20 million total after ten days.

The Coen Brothers’ True Grit (Paramount) crossed $150 million mark with another $4.7 million for eighth place.

The Vince Vaughn-Kevin James comedy The Dilemma (Universal) dropped to ninth place with $3.5 million and a lackluster $45.7 million after a month in theaters. It is the second most expensive movie in the Top 10 with a reported budget of $70 million.

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) closed off the Top 10 with $3.4 million and $95.9 total, making it the third-highest grossing film for Fox Searchlight.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films. Check back on Monday for the actual box office since most of estimates will change since the numbers are based on a determination of how many people will stay home to watch the Super Bowl.