The post-Thanksgiving doldrums hit the moviegoing audience as, much like
2006, the top three films remained the same from last weekend and fourth place
was taken by a new film. Enchanted
held on to first place, while
Awake opened dismally
Disney scored back-to-back number one weekends with the animated/live-action
which dropped just over 50% from last weekend’s opening and took in an
estimated $17M. Last year’s post-Thanksgiving champ,
Happy Feet dropped
53% in its third weekend, while Enchanted was in its second weekend. Its
total now stands at $70M. Look for Princess Giselle and company to play strong
through the holidays, eventually ending up in the $140-150M range.
Second and third place were identical to last week as the surprising
dropped a reasonable 53% to an estimated $8.4M bringing its cume to $36.9M. Look
for a final gross in the area of $60M, making the Sony release highly
profitable. In third place was the CGI-fest Beowulf which wrangled $7.8M this
weekend, according to estimates. Its total now stands at $68.6M.
Waking up sleeping moviegoers in fourth place was the thriller
The MGM/Weinstin release scared up an estimated $6M this weekend, for a per
screen average of just over $3,000. With poor reviews, expect a quick trip
through the theatrical window and a DVD release early next year.
Landing in fifth place was the videogame-turned-film Hitman
which shot up $5.8M this weekend, according to estimates, bringing its cume
after two weekends to $30M. Look for a final gross in the $45-50M range. Sixth
and seventh places were identical to last weekend as Warner Bros. stablemates
and August Rush
each dropped less than 50% from last weekend. Santa’s annoying brother took in
$5.5M, according to estimates, bringing its cume to $59.7M, while the musical
drama brought in an estimated $5.1M, bringing its total to $20.3M.
No Country for
Old Men zoomed up to eighth place this weekend, with the lowest
drop in the top 10. The
crime thriller took in an estimated $4.5M, bringing its total to a solid $23M,
while still playing in less than 1,000 theaters. Watch the grosses grow as we
start heading into awards season. Ninth place was snatched up by a busy bee as
animated alter ego Bee
Movie buzzed audiences with another $4.4M this weekend, according to
estimates. Its 62% drop from last weekend was the biggest in the top 10 and its
cume now stands at $117.6M. And rounding out the top 10 was another award
which took in an estimated $4.2M in its fifth weekend, bringing its total to
Debuting outside the top 10 were a couple of more award hopefuls in
The Savages and
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The Savages, starring
Seymour Hoffman and
took in $153,000 from only 4 theaters for a per screen average of $38,250.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which tells the story of a man whose only
method of communication is blinking his left eyelid, took in $75,300 from 3
theaters for a per screen average of $25,100.
The top 10 grossed $69M this weekend, which was down 10% from 2006 when
Happy Feet remained at number one with $17.5M, and down 6.5% from 2005 when
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire also remained on top, with $19.8M.