Weekend Box Office

Box Office Guru Wrapup: Four Christmases has a lot to be thankful for this weekend

Bolt up to second; Twilight losing its bite at third

by | November 30, 2008 | Comments

A trio of new releases and a hearty menu of popular holdovers made for a robust Thanksgiving weekend at the North American box office. The holiday comedy Four Christmases led the way with a stellar number one opening while sophomores Bolt and Twilight were in a virtual tie for second place with nearly identical grosses. The top ten films grossed $154M – the best tally for the turkey holiday in eight years.

Superstars Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon contributed their producing and acting talents to Four Christmases and were rewarded with a potent debut grossing an estimated $31.7M over the Friday-to-Sunday period and a fantastic $46.7M over five days since opening on Wednesday. The New Line pic was distributed by Warner Bros. and averaged a stellar $9,571 from 3,310 sites over the three-day period. The PG-13 film about a couple that must attend yuletide events at the homes of each of their divorced parents was just the type of comedic entertainment that moviegoers were in the mood for during the long holiday weekend. Ticket buyers ignored the bad reviews and instead responded to the starpower, the unique premise, and the comedy. Look for both actors to add another $100M blockbuster to their resumes in the coming weeks.

Jumping up one notch from last weekend, Disney’s animated flick Bolt posted a slight uptick in ticket sales for a solid holiday performance. The PG-rated toon grossed an estimated $26.6M inching up 1% from its $26.2M bow last week. Though the canine star opened weaker than expected, it made up for that shortfall by generating a sensational second weekend take. After ten days, Bolt has grossed $66.9M. The studio is hoping that it will continue to see strong legs since there will be no new kidpics released over the next two weekends.

Last weekend’s top film Twilight experienced a hefty decline as expected and ranked third with an estimated $26.4M. Falling 62%, the Summit release has now banked a stellar $119.7M which is quite an impressive sum for a no-star film budgeted at only $37M. The PG-13 film averaged a sturdy $7,699 from 3,425 locations.

James Bond was still a popular draw for movie fans over the holiday weekend with Quantum of Solace dropping only 27% to an estimated $19.5M. That put Sony’s domestic total at a robust $142.1M after 17 days which is 23% ahead of Casino Royale at the same point in its run and 18% ahead of 2002’s Die Another Day. The overseas total for Quantum vaulted to $340.1M lifting the global haul to a stunning $482.2M.

Fox’s big-budget historical epic Australia debuted with an estimated $14.8M over three days and $20M across five days. The Hugh Jackman-Nicole Kidman film opened in 2,642 locations and averaged a respectable $5,607. But given the cost of the massive production (the studio kicked in $78M of the $130M budget) the Baz Luhrmann-directed film will need strong legs and spectacular international grosses in order to break even. According to studio research, 65% of the audience was over 25 while 52% was female. Competition for adult audiences was fierce over the holiday weekend with many choosing to spend their dollars on Four Christmases and Quantum of Solace while young women were still distracted by Twilight. Reviews were mixed for Australia and the running time of 165 minutes meant fewer showtimes per day.

Paramount ranked sixth with its toon entry Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa which slipped only 7% to an estimated $14.5M boosting the overall cume to $159.5M. The sequel’s final domestic haul looks like it will end up a bit below the $193.2M of its 2005 predecessor.

Delivering a seventh-place debut was Jason Statham’s action sequel Transporter 3 which grossed an estimated $12.3M over the weekend and $18.5M over the extended holiday period. The franchise showed signs of age as the five-day bow failed to match the $20.5M four-day debut of Transporter 2 which launched over the slower Labor Day holiday frame. The third chapter in the series played in 2,626 locations and averaged a decent $4,695 over the Friday-to-Sunday span. Fox released the first two pics in the franchise while Lionsgate distributed this new chapter.

Universal’s hit comedy Role Models dropped by 28% to an estimated $5.3M giving the Seann William Scott-Paul Rudd pic a solid $57.9M to date.

Specialty films filled up the next three positions on the charts. The Holocaust drama The Boy in the Striped Pajamas expanded again from 406 to 582 locations and grossed an estimated $1.7M this weekend. The Miramax release averaged a mild $2,904 but raised its sum to $5.2M.

Sean Penn’s highly praised performance in the Focus Features release Milk helped to deliver the weekend’s best average thanks to an estimated $1.38M from only 36 theaters. Averaging a sizzling $38,361, the R-rated film about the first openly gay elected official in America won rave reviews from critics and has generated Oscar buzz for Penn who hopes to score his fourth Best Actor nod from the Academy this decade and fifth overall. The Gus Van Sant-directed film’s five-day total since opening on Wednesday is $1.9M. On Friday, Milk will expand to nearly 100 theaters and will add more runs on December 12.

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire continued its impressive limited run widening from 32 to 49 theaters for a weekend gross of $1.37M, according to estimates, putting it a hair behind in eleventh place. Cume is now $3.6M. The Fox Searchlight title averaged a potent $27,898 and will add more theaters each week in December.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $154.1M which was up 10% from last year’s Thanksgiving frame when Enchanted opened in the top spot with $34.4M over three days; and up 10% from 2006’s holiday when Happy Feet remained at number one with $37M in its second weekend.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,

Tag Cloud

Black Mirror serial killer crime drama Television Critics Association Year in Review Amazon Studios 007 Valentine's Day Animation Women's History Month Disney Plus Freeform BET Awards AMC Shudder Sony Pictures latino worst movies casting versus science fiction Toys remakes Drama Anna Paquin spain obituary Turner The Witch Tumblr San Diego Comic-Con foreign animated asian-american renewed TV shows IFC Films TV concert composers American Society of Cinematographers politics HBO Go Walt Disney Pictures Trivia slashers Mary Poppins Returns Marvel Television Kids & Family Fantasy jamie lee curtis spider-man zero dark thirty spanish adventure Sneak Peek Superheroes Mudbound Disney Channel Comedy Central independent talk show mockumentary stoner Spike elevated horror OWN travel batman 2019 Hallmark DC Universe discovery Winners documentaries Bravo mission: impossible nature indie quibi cats Best and Worst streaming Hallmark Christmas movies The Arrangement Family Red Carpet crime The CW RT21 Apple TV Plus Set visit die hard Starz The Walking Dead Pop TV Film Festival Holidays 24 frames ABC Family PaleyFest Binge Guide best Amazon Prime Cartoon Network 2015 sag awards witnail nfl Comedy emmy awards BAFTA Television Academy Star Wars Apple TV+ dramedy boxoffice Oscars Rom-Com Nominations FOX disaster Tubi police drama Arrowverse screenings 72 Emmy Awards Extras joker Food Network New York Comic Con all-time Trophy Talk Masterpiece crime thriller Emmy Nominations romance Captain marvel TCA Winter 2020 CBS All Access Rock zombie scorecard TCA TCA Awards Lucasfilm directors transformers WarnerMedia cancelled TV series BET Comics on TV Emmys National Geographic natural history book CMT medical drama The Purge richard e. Grant TCM SundanceTV cops toronto Thanksgiving TV Land Fox Searchlight social media YouTube Premium Epix game show indiana jones Spectrum Originals Tomatazos Spring TV Lifetime justice league mutant cartoon green book Reality Competition Opinion Rocketman comiccon documentary Universal Sundance TV TCA 2017 HBO Max period drama Disney streaming service BBC laika Showtime Rocky A&E video Hear Us Out binge Adult Swim E3 The Academy children's TV nbcuniversal spinoff Trailer WGN movie Sundance Now Podcast Super Bowl free movies Warner Bros. Columbia Pictures Syfy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TIFF spanish language Black History Month dogs LGBT fast and furious doctor who game of thrones satire Certified Fresh comic Schedule venice war romantic comedy biography toy story LGBTQ First Look Mindy Kaling Action scary movies VOD facebook kids Mary Tyler Moore harry potter twilight theme song tv talk Country FXX Awards Tour zombies dc Peacock worst Awards HBO NBC SXSW Sundance Britbox based on movie robots Disney halloween TNT political drama Lionsgate canceled TV shows Winter TV History spy thriller movies 45 Tarantino Discovery Channel USA SDCC Marvel cancelled TV shows Elton John child's play Netflix Christmas movies teaser superhero Infographic halloween tv Nickelodeon Marathons sports Western strong female leads sequel El Rey Nat Geo Paramount Network true crime Box Office First Reviews Heroines IFC space TV renewals christmas movies FX DC Comics President 2016 YouTube Red Pixar Mary poppins anime PBS Pet Sematary Funimation Fox News 4/20 what to watch Avengers hispanic Writers Guild of America Lifetime Christmas movies a nightmare on elm street Musical revenge parents Dark Horse Comics franchise Shondaland french Acorn TV ITV Quiz aliens video on demand name the review docudrama 2020 Pirates ABC Watching Series USA Network Pop Summer adaptation Ovation Election Endgame Baby Yoda psycho NYCC diversity miniseries Film Marvel Studios psychological thriller unscripted Paramount archives YA Holiday stand-up comedy VICE Comic Book comics GoT DGA Musicals Sci-Fi dceu MSNBC BBC One GLAAD Disney+ Disney Plus Star Trek Pride Month cancelled television sitcom TBS blaxploitation Turner Classic Movies Mystery football cults Travel Channel dragons cancelled PlayStation Martial Arts MCU Character Guide ESPN technology CW Seed universal monsters Reality historical drama Amazon blockbuster 2017 RT History festivals A24 rotten chucky finale series Ellie Kemper news Creative Arts Emmys south america thriller GIFs Classic Film crossover 2018 hist TLC Premiere Dates Grammys Logo films CBS Hulu Cannes festival reviews cooking Calendar Countdown comedies stop motion screen actors guild breaking bad Biopics Vudu DC streaming service classics 21st Century Fox golden globes Brie Larson Netflix X-Men DirecTV Cosplay VH1 Crackle Academy Awards Esquire See It Skip It TruTV Photos cars Christmas Stephen King Teen E! FX on Hulu Crunchyroll sequels CNN reboot cinemax Superheroe Music Chernobyl YouTube MTV werewolf Apple Horror criterion 20th Century Fox hollywood Amazon Prime Video OneApp award winner canceled critics BBC America vampires Interview singing competition ratings Polls and Games italian Song of Ice and Fire 71st Emmy Awards APB Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt anthology ghosts rotten movies we love supernatural dark television Fall TV Ghostbusters Video Games