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.
Itâ€™s only one week into the New Year, but you wouldnâ€™t know it by the weekend box office, which looked a lot like the last two weeks, at least up to a point. Ben Stillerâ€™s hit family comedy Night at the Museum continued to roll over all competition, adding another estimated $24 million in its 3rd weekend at #1. In three weeks, itâ€™s grossed $164.1 million, and by next week, it should pass Thereâ€™s Something About Mary and Meet the Parents to become Stillerâ€™s third highest-grossing.
As if Will Smith needed another box office hit, the real-life drama The Pursuit of Happyness continued to do decent business, earning another estimated $13 million over the weekend to bring its gross to $124.2 million. It is Smithâ€™s sixth consecutive film to gross more than $100 million.
The good news is that two favorably reviewed films brought in enough business this weekend to break up the Top 5 from last week, despite being in less than 1,500 theatres each. Universal Pictures expanded Alfonso CuarĂłnâ€™s future shock thriller Children of Men into 1,209 theatres, where the Clive Owen headlined film grossed $10.3 million, an impressive average of $8,515. Likewise, Paramount and MTV Filmsâ€™ Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank, grossed $9.7 million in 1,360 theatres to take 4th place with an average of $7,136 per theatre. The latter is expected to expand into over 2,000 theatres on Friday, and one can expect the former to do so as well.
The Paramount/DreamWorks musical Dreamgirls dropped down to 5th place with $8.8 million, off 37% from its first full weekend in wide release. It has grossed $54.5 million so far with plans to add nearly 1,000 more theatres for the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
Opening in twice as many theatres as Freedom Writers, Lionsgateâ€™s first computer-animated family film Happily Nâ€™Ever After wound up in sixth place with $6.8 million with a weak average of $2,856.
Dropping to seventh place, Paramount/Nickelodeon Filmsâ€™ Charlotteâ€™s Web earned $6.6 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its total to $67 million, while Bob De Niroâ€™s CIA drama The Good Shepherd, starring Matt Damon, followed close behind with $6.5 million. It has grossed $48 million after three weekends.
Sylvester Stalloneâ€™s return as Rocky Balboa and Warner Bros.â€™ We Are Marshall rounded out the Top 10 with $6.3 and 5.1 million, respectively. The latest installment of the long-running Stallone franchise reached $60 million with this weekendâ€™s take, while the football drama has grossed just over $35 million.
Dropping four places to #11, Foxâ€™s fantasy epic Eragon added another $4.6 million to its box office take of $66.8 million.
Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu teamed for New Lineâ€™s action comedy Code Name: The Cleaner, opening at #12 with just $4.3 million in 1,736 theatres.
The German box office sensation Perfume â€“ The Story of a Murderer expanded into 280 theatres after a short platform run in New York and Los Angeles, but it only made $550 thousand over the weekend, an average of $1,967, showing that it wonâ€™t be replicating its success in Europe here.
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