Brüno Tops Domestic Box Office


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.

Universal’s new comedy Brüno topped the domestic box office with an estimated $30.4 million this weekend from 2,756 theaters, but was followed closely by Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in second place with $28.5 million. The Sacha Baron Cohen comedy started big on Friday with $14.4 million, but dropped to $8.8 million on Saturday and $7.2 million on Sunday – most films earn more or about the same on Saturday compared to Friday. Brüno opened bigger than Cohen’s Borat, which made $26.5 million its first weekend, but that was only from about 800 theaters. Brüno should easily turn a profit for Universal, which paid $42.5 million for the rights to distribute domestically and in eight other markets. It made about $25 million internationally this weekend.

Fox’s “Dawn of the Dinosaurs” remained in second place and has reached $120.6 million domestically. Budgeted at $90 million, the animated sequel added an impressive $97.9 million overseas this weekend for an international total of $327.1 million and a worldwide sum of $447.7 million after just 14 days in release.

Dropping two spots to third, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen earned another $24.2 million in its third weekend for a domestic total of $339.2 million. The sequel has passed the $319 million total of 2007’s Transformers and is easily the No. 1 movie of the year domestically so far. Internationally, the Paramount/DreamWorks release has reached $364.5 million, just $24.5 million shy of the original’s entire overseas gross. “Revenge of the Fallen” surpassed the $700 million mark and now stands at $703.7 million. The first Transformers earned $708.3 million worldwide.

Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, made $14.1 million in its second weekend and has collected $66.5 million so far. The Universal film was produced for about $100 million.

Touchstone’s The Proposal rounded out the top five with $10.5 million and $113.8 million total, while Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Hangover added another $9.9 million in its sixth weekend for a total of $222.4 million. The former was made for $40 million and the latter for $35 million.

Fox’s I Love You, Beth Cooper, directed by Chris Columbus and starring Hayden Panettiere, opened weakly in seventh place with $5 million from 1,858 theaters.

Disney•Pixar’s Up received $4.7 million in eighth for a seven-week total of $273.8 million domestically.

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