Box Office Guru

Box Office Guru Wrapup: Baby Mama Delivers a #1

Meanwhile, Harold and Kumar inhale $15 million worth of tickets.

by | April 27, 2008 | Comments

The females beat the males this week as Baby Mama outdueled Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay for the top spot at the box office in this, the final weekend before the summer movie season kicks off.

Former SNL Weekend Update co-anchors, and current BFF’s, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s Baby Mama found its way to top of the charts this weekend, taking in an estimated $18.2M. The female buddy comedy about Poehler becoming a surrogate mother for Fey, averaged a strong $7,184 per screen for Universal.


Landing in second place was the male buddy comedy Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, which smoked up an estimated $14.5M this weekend, in one of the last releases for New Line Cinema. In 2004, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle opened with a disappointing $5.5M on its way to a $18.2M final gross. Its sequel, after 4 years of gaining a cult following, nearly hit that amount in its first weekend.

Third and fourth places went to last weekend’s numbers one and two. In third was the battle of the martial arts experts, The Forbidden Kingdom. Falling 47.5% from last weekend, the Lionsgate film brought in $11.2M, according to estimates, bringing its total to $38.3. Look for a final gross in the $55M range. Fourth place went to another Universal comedy, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which slipped 38% to $11M, according to estimates, bringing its cume to $35.1M. Look for a final gross in the same $55M range.


Fox and Sony controlled the rest of the top 10, with three titles each. In fifth place for a second consecutive weekend was the family adventure Nim’s Island, which had the best hold in the top 10, dipping only 20% for an estimated $4.5M this weekend. Its cume now stands at $39M after four weeks.

Sony’s triumverate of films landed in the six to eight spots. Leading off was the PG-13 horror film Prom Night, which fell 49% from last weekend to an estimated $4.4M, bringing its cume to $38.1M. In seventh was the surprisingly strong 21 which fell only 27.5% this weekend, taking in an additional $4M in chips, according to estimates. Its total now stands at a very solid $75.8M. Crashing and burning into eighth was 88 Minutes . The Al Pacino-led thriller fell 48% from last weekend’s debut to an estimated $3.6M. Its total stands at $12.6M with not much more left in the bucket. Look for a final gross in the $15M range.

Spending a seventh week in the top 10, and landing at number nine was the Fox animated hit Horton Hears a Who, which took in $2.4M according to estimates, falling 31% from last weekend. Its cume now stands at a towering $147.9M. However its reign as the top grossing film of 2008 will come to an end very shortly. And rounding out the top ten was Fox stablemate Deception which landed with a thud and earned an estimated $2.1M this weekend, for a per theater average of a dismal $1,114. Look for a quick trip to the DVD aisles for this one.

The top ten films grossed $76.2M which was up 34% from last year when Disturbia took its third trip to number one with $9M; and down 11% from 2006 when RV debuted in the top spot with $16.4M.

Tag Cloud

Showtime Action TNT aliens dramedy GoT 007 harry potter ESPN Amazon Comic Book Ghostbusters Reality MTV police drama Video Games sports Country Set visit Box Office CNN war Trivia GIFs Musicals Bravo cinemax sitcom Opinion Fall TV TruTV Star Wars DirecTV cooking period drama USA Rock Character Guide Watching Series Summer Teen based on movie RT History SDCC Mary Tyler Moore WGN discovery Schedule American Society of Cinematographers Animation BET Extras OWN President MSNBC Lionsgate Masterpiece Awards Valentine's Day Thanksgiving TBS ABC Adult Swim TV Land Hulu Comedy The CW adventure Spring TV technology serial killer Star Trek Nat Geo AMC GLAAD Writers Guild of America Rocky crime thriller Comedy Central FXX Disney Channel DC Comics social media Horror science fiction CMT Nominations thriller 2017 PaleyFest Fantasy Pop Lifetime Disney Calendar crime drama Super Bowl BBC Food Network Toys ABC Family Podcast Cartoon Network Sci-Fi Countdown Fox News Winter TV FX Biopics Reality Competition Oscars Holidays HBO Syfy Rom-Com Interview TCM biography Tumblr Cosplay docudrama Premiere Dates Certified Fresh Marathons ITV Red Carpet Sundance FOX SundanceTV Best and Worst cops Pirates LGBTQ 24 frames Marvel VICE PBS diversity TCA 2017 Nickelodeon 2015 Exclusive Video Crackle comiccon Drama VH1 First Look IFC TV Logo Grammys Winners Sneak Peek Universal CBS All Access Year in Review Music politics Trailer Starz NBC Kids & Family singing competition Martial Arts vampires History Freeform A&E CBS APB Emmys TIFF Infographic Esquire TCA Photos X-Men travel E! Election Netflix Superheroes boxoffice 2016 El Rey NYCC Mystery BBC America Tomatazos Polls and Games