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Sex and the City: $27 Million on Friday

Shattering expectations, Michael Patrick King’s big-screen adaptation of the HBO series Sex and the City opened on Friday with an impressive $27 million, and is estimated to have a $55.7 million weekend.  Most analysts had pegged the film to score around $30-40 million over the weekend so these results are quite surprising.

The highest prediction I personally saw came from Box Office Report, who predicted the movie’s weekend take to be $53 million.

However, the film ended up being heavily front-loaded (we’ll see how that effects it long-term) losing to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Saturday ($19.9M vs. $17.9M) and Sunday ($13.9M vs. $10.9M )  Despite the front-loaded nature of the film (which it was expected to be), given that its budget is just $65 million, it’s well on its way to profitability for Warner Bros.

Looking at the rest of the top 10, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took in $12.2M on Friday before jumping up an impressive 62.5% to $19.9M on Saturday.  It’s expected to take in another $13.9M on Sunday, putting its total cume at a very healthy $216.9M.  New entry The Strangers had a better than expected $7.7M on Friday and its three day haul is expected to be about $20.7M.

Source: Box Office Mojo