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Weekend Box Office — June 22-24, 2007

Evan Almighty was first for the weekend, but underperformed, managing only $31.19 million from 3,604 theaters. The film was well off from its predecessor, the 2003 Jim Carrey hit Bruce Almighty, which grossed an impressive $67.95 million. With its huge budget of $175 million (Bruce Almighty’s budget was $81 million), the movie has quite a ways to go before it breaks even, let alone is considered a hit.

1408 was strong in second place, while Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer takes a big, though not entirely unexpected, plunge in its second week. Year-to-year, the box-office was down very slightly (2.2%).

Moving to the other wide-opening releases, the horror/thriller 1408 was a very solid second place for the weekend with an estimated $20.62 million from 2,678 theaters. MGM/Weinstein did a good job keeping the budget down ($25 million) for the film, which is based on a Stephen King story.

In 10th place was the other wide-release, the Angelina Jolie picture A Mighty Heart. It disappointed a bit, considering its overall low per theater average, with a take of $3.95 million from 1,355 theaters.

Moving elsewhere in the charts, last week’s number one film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, suffered the same fate as its predecessor, in that it had a rather large second week drop in box office receipts. ‘Silver’ dropped 65.5% and two spots to take third place on the weekend with a $20.01 million from 3,963 theaters. Its total domestic take through 10 days stands at $97.46 million. All three marks are slightly below 2005’s Fantastic Four, which took in $22.78 million in its second week (a 59.4% drop) and passed $100 million on its 10th day ($100.20 million).

Ocean’s Thirteen came in at number four this week, dropping two spots and 42.1% to take in $11.41 million from 3,450 theaters as it approaches $100 million, which it’ll hit sometime before next weekend ends. The third film in the franchise now stands at $91.08 million through 17 days of release.

In fifth place was the comedy Knocked Up, which had another good week, dropping two spots and only 22% (less than last week) as it passed the $100 million mark on Friday with a weekend tally of $10.98 million from 2,975 theaters. Its total domestic take stands at 109.32 million through 24 days of release.

With Spider-Man 3 dropping out of the top 10 for the first time in its run (12th with $1.24 million (50.6% drop) from 1,031 theaters–$332.49 million through 52 days of release, #1 for the year), that leaves only two other blockbusters still in the top 10. First we have Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The threequel dropped two spots and 42% to take sixth place with $7.20 million from 2,802 theaters. The films domestic total (through 31 days of release) stands at $287 million. And then we have Shrek the Third, which landed in eighth place for the week (down two spots and 37.2%) with $5.65 million from 2,822 theaters. This other threequel has raked in $307.81 million through 38 days of release.

A few other interesting facts about the weekend:

  • Evan Almighty had the best per theater average of any movie in the top 10, with $8,654/theater out of 3,604 sites.
  • Knocked Up had the smallest drop week-to-week of any wide released movie in the top 10, dipping only 22%.
  • Nancy Drew had the worst per theater average of any movie in the top 10 ($1,676/theater from 2,612 sites). The movie earned $4.38M over the weekend, and has grossed only $16.07M through 10 days of release.
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was the weeks movie with the largest weekly loss (among those in the top 10), with its 65.5% drop.
  • Sicko had a very successful premiere at the AMC-Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City. The picture took in $68,969 from the location. Sicko opens wide on June 29th.
  • And lastly, year-to-year (vs. June 23-25, 2006) the top 10 films were off by $2.76M or 2.2% ($124.73M vs. $121.97M). That weekend, Click opened in first place with $40.01M. The only other new release in the top 10 that week was Waist Deep which opened in fifth place with $9.40M.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office — June 22-24, 2007 (Actuals)
(TW) — (LW) — (Movie) — (Weekend) — (% Change) — (Theaters) — (Domestic)

1. – N – Evan Almighty – $31,192,615 – % – 3,604 – $31,192,615
2. – N – 1408 – $20,617,667 – -% – 2,678 – $20,617,667
3. – 1 – ‘Silver Surfer – $20,009,476 – -65.5% – 3,963 – $97,463,035
4. – 2 – Ocean’s Thirteen – $11,411,268 – -42.1% – 3,450 – $91,079,577
5. – 3 – Knocked Up – $10,977,595 – -22% — 2,975 – $109,323,845
6. – 4 – At World’s End – $7,202,086 – -42% – 2,802 – $287,001,716
7. – 5 – Surf’s Up – $6,580,743 – -28.9% — 3,309 – $47,193,723
8. – 6 – Shrek the Third – $5,652,585 – -37.2% – 2,822 – $307,807,439
9. – 7 – Nancy Drew – $4,379,447 – -35.9% – 2,612 – $16,067,041
10. – N – A Mighty Heart – $3,948,863 – -% – 1,355 – $3,948,863

Source: [Box Office Mojo]

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