Friday the 13th Slashes Into Theaters with $45.2M


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 Tuesday for the final figures based on actual box office.

Jason Voorhees returned to theaters in a big way, as New Line/Warner Bros.’ Friday the 13th earned an estimated $45.2 million over the four-day President’s Day holiday weekend. Made for just $19 million, the Marcus Nispel-directed re-imagining averaged $14,560 in 3,105 theaters. If the estimate holds, the horror film squeezed by Daredevil ($45.03 million) and 50 First Dates ($45.1 million) to become the second-biggest President’s Day opener ever, trailing just Ghost Rider ($52 million). Starring Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle and Derek Mears, the debut marks the biggest ever debut for a horror film and in just four days, it has also become the second-best earner in the “Friday the 13th” franchise, topped only by Freddy vs. Jason ($82.6 million).

The next three spots were occupied by pics that enjoyed superb holding power from last weekend. New Line/Warner Bros.’ He’s Just Not That Into You added $23.4 million in second place to bring its two-week total to $58.8 million. In third, 20th Century Fox’s Taken earned another $22.2 million in its third weekend for a total of $80.9 million. And Focus Features’ Coraline received an additional $19.1 million in ticket sales for a two-week total of $39.3 million.

Touchstone Pictures’ new comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher, rounded out the top five with $17.3 million from 2,507 theaters for an average of $6,902 per location.

Columbia Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop continued to do well in sixth with another $13.9 million, allowing it to cross the $100 million mark and bringing it to $112.7 million after five weeks. Not bad for a comedy that cost $26 million to make. Columbia’s The Pink Panther 2 earned $10.8 million in its second weekend in seventh for a total of $24.1 million.

The same studio’s new thriller The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, opened in the eighth spot with $10.7 million from 2,364 theaters. Produced for $50 million, the Tom Tykwer- directed film averaged $4,526 per site.

Danny Boyle’s award-winning Slumdog Millionaire collected another $8.7 million in 1,634 theaters and has made $88.1 million after 14 weeks of release.

Also, Warner Bros.’ IMAX pic Under the Sea 3D, narrated by Jim Carrey, earned $857,000 from 49 theaters, an average of $17,490, and Magnolia Pictures’ Two Lovers, with Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw, earned $120,000 from seven theaters, an average of $17,143.

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