The Day the Earth Stood Still Takes First with $31M

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.

20th Century Fox’s remake of the 1951 classic The Day the Earth Stood Still opened in first place with an estimated $31 million from 3,560 theaters, an average of $8,708 per location. Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, the sci-fi thriller also earned $39 million internationally from 7,700 screens in 90 markets over the weekend to bring its worldwide gross to $70 million. The film was produced for about $80 million.

The next five films each dropped one spot from last weekend as Four Christmases added $13.3 million for a total of $88 million after three weeks, Twilight made $8 million to reach $150.1 million in four weeks, Bolt collected $7.5 million for a sum of $88.9 million after four weeks, Australia earned $4.3 million for a total of $37.9 million after three weeks, and Quantum of Solace took in $3.8 million to take its domestic haul to $157.7 million in five weeks.

Overture Films’ new dramedy Nothing Like the Holidays, with John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Debra Messing and Alfred Molina, opened in the seventh spot with $3.5 million from 1,671 theaters. The Alfredo de Villa-directed film averaged $2,095 per location. Meanwhile, animated newcomer Delgo failed to make a mark, as the film was released in 2,160 theaters but made just $916,000, a disastrous $424 per theater.

Both Milk and Slumdog Millionaire continued to do well in limited release. The former made $2.6 million from 328 theaters and has reached $7.6 million in three weeks, while the latter collected $2.2 million from 169 theaters and is at $8.1 million after five weeks.

Four new limited releases also impressed, with Doubt taking in $525,000 in 15 theaters, an average of $35,000, Gran Torino debuting to $284,000 from six theaters, an average of $47,333, The Reader earning $170,000 from eight theaters, an average of $21,250, and Che making $60,100 in just two theaters, an average of $30,050.

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


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