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Weekend Box Office — September 7-9, 2007

Lionsgates’ 3:10 to Yuma led an expected weak pack of new releases over the weekend, with a so-so weekend take of $14.04 million from 2,652 theaters. The western (budgeted at $55 million), which stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, grossed an amount that was for the most part in line with predictions.

Year-to-year the top 10 box office was up by ­25.6%.There were two other new (wide) releases in the top 10 this weekend. In sixth place was Shoot ‘Em Up, which disappointed a bit with $5.72 million from 2,108 theaters. The New Line Cinema flick had a great advertising campaign behind it, at least in terms of online coverage, but for whatever reason didn’t capitalize. But at least the film didn’t totally flop, as was the case with Sony/Screen Gem’s’ The Brothers Solomon. The widely panned comedy had an atrocious debut in 24th place with only $508,601 from 700 theaters.

Moving to the holdovers, Halloween fell to second place with a hard drop of 63.9% in its second week. The horror film took in $9.51 million from a slightly expanded 3,475 (+3) theaters ($43.71 million through 10 days of release).

Down one spot and 39.4% to third place for the weekend was Superbad with $7.55 million from an expanded 3,069 (+67) theaters. The Judd Apatow-produced comedy climbed up and over the $100 million mark on Saturday and now stands at $103.22 million through 24 days of release.

Suffering from the second worst weekly decline of movies in the top 10 was Balls of Fury in sixth place (down three spots) with its 50.2% drop as it grossed $5.65 million from an expanded (+29) 3,081 theaters ($24.24 million through 12 days of release).

The Bourne Ultimatum took fifth place with $5.67 million from 3,010 theaters (down two one spot and 45.5%). The last of a planned trilogy, ‘Bourne’ dropped one spot and 45.5% and has now grossed $210.29 million through 38 days of release.

Moving to the bottom five of the charts, Rush Hour 3 held seventh place with $4.88 million from 2,690 theaters (down two spots and 43.1%). Through 31 days of release, its total cume now stands at $128.72 million.

Mr. Bean’s Holiday fell to eighth place (down two spots and 42.9%) with $3.41 million from an expanded 1,778 (+13) theaters, lifting the comedy over the 1/4 million mark domestically with $25.09 million through 17 days of release.

Ninth place went to The Nanny Diaries with $3.19 million from 2,444 theaters (down two spots and 37.8%). Through 17 days of release, the film has taken in $20.88 million.

And lastly in 10th place was Stardust, which stayed even from the week prior in positioning on the chart, but was down 41.4% with its take of $1.80 million from 1,423 theaters ($34.59 million through 33 days of release).

A few other interesting facts about the weekend:

  • 3:10 to Yuma had the best per theater average of any movie in the top 10, with $5,292/theater out of 2,652 sites.
  • The Nanny Diaries was the film with the smallest drop week-to-week of any movie in the top 10, with its 37.8% drop.
  • Stardust had the lowest per theater average of any movie in the top 10 ($1,265/theater from 1,423 sites).
  • Halloween had the largest weekly loss at 63.9%.
  • And lastly, year-to-year (vs. September 8-10, 2006) the top 10 films were up by $12.51M or 25.6% ($48.93M vs. $61.44M). That weekend saw Sony/Screen Gems’ The Covenant hold off two new other new releases. It’s $8.85 million was enough to overcome the $5.93 million generated by Focus Pictures’ Hollywoodland (second place) and the $5.03 million generated by the Weinstein/Dragon Dynasty collaboration The Protector (fourth place).

Note: Be sure to check back on Monday when this article is updated with the actual box office grosses.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office — September 7-9, 2007 (Actuals)

(TW) — (LW) — (Movie) — (Weekend) — (% Change) — (Theaters) — (Domestic)

1. – N – 3:10 to Yuma – $14,035,033 – % – 2,652 – $14,035,033
2. – 1 – Halloween – $9,513,770 – -63.9% – 3,475 – $43,709,854
3. – 2 – Superbad – $7,551,822 – -39.4% – 3,069 – $103,219,381
4. – N – Shoot ‘Em Up – $5,716,554 – % – 2,108 – $5,716,554
5. – 4 – ‘Bourne’ – $5,673,850 – -45.5% – 3,010 – $210,294,605
6. – 3 – Balls of Fury – $5,652,852 – -50.2% – 3,081 – $24,241,209
7. – 5 – Rush Hour 3 – $4,883,334 – -43.1% – 2,690 – $128,721,208
8. – 6 – ‘Mr. Bean’ – $3,413,785 – -42.9% – 1,778 – $25,089,420
9. – 7 – ‘Nanny Diaries’ – $3,194,396 – -37.8% – 2,444 – $20,877,849
10. – 10 – Stardust – $1,800,127 – -41.4% – 1,423 – $34,594,712

Source: [Box Office Mojo]