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“Rush Hour 3” Opens Ahead of Original, But Below #2

New Line Cinema’s contribution to the summer of threequals, Rush Hour 3 opened on Friday with an estimated $19.1 million from 3,778 theaters. The mark is way ahead of the originals $10 million opening day ($33 million opening weekend), but falls short of the $23.1 million taken in by 2001’s Rush Hour 2 ($67.41 million opening weekend).

The high budgeted comedy ($140 million), which again teams the duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker still looks to be on track for a healthy $50-60 million weekend, though these studio estimates are higher than rival studios and other estimates have the film at so it could drop down to the lower $50 million range.

In second place was last week’s number one The Bourne Ultimatum which took in an estimated $10.42 million from an expanded 3,686 theaters (+24), pushing its domestic total to an impressive $109.09 million through only eight days of release. To compare, The Bourne Supremacy dropped 59.7% in its second Friday (and was at $82.09 million), compared to the 57.8% drop of ‘Ultimatum’. That bodes well for the remainder of the film’s box office run, as we’re now looking at a weekend take of somewhere in the neighborhood of $30-33 million. Last week I noted that the film should finish out its run somewhere in $185-225 million range (with a ceiling of $250 million), I’m more comfortable now in reducing that range to $200-225 million (with a ceiling of $235 million).

Moving to the new releases, Stardust took fourth place with a somewhat disappointing $3.05 million from 2,540 theaters (weekend total should be between $9-12 million), while Daddy Day Camp flopped in ninth place with only $1.27 million from 2,332 theaters ($4-5 million weekend seems about right).

Moving to the holdovers, in third place was The Simpsons Movie, which took in an estimated $3.6 million from 3,552 theaters, pushing its domestic total to $144.71 million through 15 days of release. And in fifth place was Underdog with an estimated $2.23 million from 3,013 theaters ($20.52 million through eight days of release).

Another film worth mentioning is Transformers, which passed the $300 million mark on Friday with an estimated $935,000 ($300.57 million through 39 days of release). The film is on track for about a $3-3.5 million weekend and should end its domestic run at around the $310-312 million range.

That’s all for Friday. Be sure to check back on Sunday to view the complete top 10 grossing films for the weekend.

Source: Box Office Mojo