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Weekend Box Office — June 15-17, 2007

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer exceeded expectations over the weekend, debuting with $58.05 million from 3,959 theaters, ahead of the originals $56.06 million (from 3,602 theaters). Year-to-year, box-office was down very slightly (-1.5%).

I’ll admit I expected the film to do a tad bit better based on its Friday tally, but this is still a strong debut.

Considering the film is rating a little higher than the original (39% vs. 26%) it’ll probably have a good shot at meeting, or exceeding the gross of Fantastic Four ($154.70 million). However, because all the other big films this summer have dropped considerably in their second weeks (having all been proven to be heavily front-loaded) it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that the same will hold true with this one.

There was only one other wide-opening film that made its way into the top 10. In seventh place was the Warner Bros.’s film Nancy Drew. It took in $6.83 million from 2,612 theaters.

DOA: Dead or Alive also opened this weekend, but was way back in the charts in 18th place, taking in only $260,713 from 505 theaters. The producers would have probably been better served had they kept this film a direct-to-DVD release.

Moving elsewhere in the chart, last week’s #1 film Ocean’s Thirteen dipped 45.4% to take second place with $19.72M from 3,565 theaters. The film’s total now stands at $70.43 million through 10 days of release. The weekly drop isn’t too severe, and it bucks the trend of 50% or more second week drops which has occurred too frequently this Summer. So how does Ocean’s Thirteen compare to its predecessors? Check out the breakdown’s below:

Ocean’s Eleven:

  • Opening Weekend – $38.11M
  • Second Weekend – $22.08M (-42.1%) – $72.31M through 10 days

Ocean’s Twelve:

  • Opening Weekend – $39.15M
  • Second Weekend – $18.12M (-53.7%) – $68.52M through 10 days

Ocean’s Thirteen:

  • Opening Weekend – $36.13M
  • Second Weekend – $19.72M (-45.4%) – $70.43M through 10 days

So as you can see from the above box office statistics, the third installment of the Ocean’s franchise is pacing just slightly ahead of #2 and only a little behind the first one, despite the fact that it had the weakest overall opening. How’s it doing it? Well, the film is simply doing a much better job in its weekly box office. Ocean’s Eleven finished off with a total domestic take of $183.42M, while Ocean’s Twelve limped its way to $125.54M. Ocean’s Thirteen should settle somewhere between those two.

Another movie worth mentioning is the hilarious Judd Apatow R rated comedy Knocked Up. The film lost only 28.4% in its third week taking in a very solid $14.07M from 2,907 theaters. It’s total domestic take now stands at $90.02M through 17 days of release. The 2005 Apatow hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin took in $71.89M through its first 17 days of release, so Knocked Up is tracking very well. ’40-Year-Old’ ended its domestic run with $109.45M. If Knocked Up keeps up this pace, it should clock out at around $125-135M.

And lastly, no box office post would be complete without checking in on this Summer’s mega hit films. Firstly, in fourth place (down two spots) was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End which dropped 41.3% to take in $12.41M from 3,329 theaters. It’s total domestic take now stands at $274.15M through 24 days of release.

Coming in at #6 was Shrek the Third (down one spot and 41.2%) with an estimated $9.00M from 3,505 theaters. That pics total now stands at $297.25M through 31 days of release.

And lastly, Spider-Man 3 came in at 10th place this week (down two spots and 41.8%) to take in an estimated $2.51M from 1,822 theaters. The film is currently the summer’s (and year’s) largest, with a total take of $330.02M through 45 days of release.

A few other interesting facts about the weekend:

  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer had the best per theater average of any movie in the top 10, with $14,663/theater out of 3,959 sites.
  • Knocked Up had the smallest drop week-to-week of any wide released movie in the top 10, dipping only 28.4%.
  • Hostel Part II had the worst per theater average of any movie in the top 10 ($1,287/theater from 2,350 sites). The movie earned $3.03M over the weekend, and has grossed only $14.21M through 10 days of release.
  • The film also had the worst week-to-week performance of any movie in the top 10, percentage wise, dipping a disastrous 63.1%.
  • And lastly, year-to-year (vs. June 16-18, 2006) the top 10 films were off by $2.99M or 1.5% ($139.82M vs. $137.78M). That weekend, Cars (in its second week) held off four new releases with $33.73M. Those new releases were: #2 – Nacho Libre – $28.31M, #3 – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift – $23.97M, #4 – The Lake House – $13.62M and #7 – Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties – $7.29M.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office — June 15-17, 2007 (Actuals)
(TW) — (LW) — (Movie) — (Weekend) — (% Change) — (Theaters) — (Domestic)

1. – N – ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’ – $58,051,684 – % – 3,959 – $58,051,684
2. – 1 – Ocean’s Thirteen – $19,724,405 – -45.4% – 3,565 – $70,429,741
3. – 3 – Knocked Up – $14,069,880 – -28.4% – 2,907 – $90,016,695
4. – 2 – ‘At World’s End’ – $12,411,786 – -41.3% – 3,329 – $274,145,510
5. – 4 – Surf’s Up – $9,254,793 – -47.5% — 3,531 – $34,625,490
6. – 5 – Shrek the Third – $9,003,044 – -41.2% – 3,505 – $297,245,100
7. – N – Nancy Drew – $6,832,318 – % — 2,612 – $6,832,318
8. – 6 – Hostel Part II – $3,026,131 – -63.1% – 2,350 – $14,208,497
9. – 7 – Mr. Brooks – $2,902,024 – -40.9% – 1,923 – $23,523,243
10. – 8 – Spider-Man 3 – $2,505,151 – -41.8% – 1,822 – $330,021,137

Source: [Box Office Mojo]