Sunday, August 07, 2005

Dukes of the Box Office


After bringing in $12.5 million on Friday, it was no surprise that Warner Bros' big screen version of The Dukes of Hazzard, with Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson, topped the box office its opening weekend with just over $30.5 million, an average of roughly $8,000 per theater.

It brought down the two titans that had been ruling over the box office for weeks, as New Line's R-rated comedy Wedding Crashers, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, dropped down to second place. Still, it has continued to bring in tons of business, adding roughly $16.5 million in its fourth weekend to bring its already impressive box office take over the $144 million mark.

Likewise, last week's #2 movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, dropped down a notch, as it added another $10.5 million to its own take keeping it just ahead of Disney's family comedy Sky High, which brought in another $9 million in its second weekend.

Still in fifth place from its opening weekend, the romantic comedy Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, made an estimated $7.4 million as Warner Brothers' third film in the Top 5.

Also as expected, March of the Penguins became the second highest grossing documentary of all time, earning $7.13 million in its widest release to date after expanding into over 1,800 theatres nationwide on Friday.

Rob Cohen's Stealth had the largest weekend-to-weekend drop from last week, making $5.8 million in its second weekend. In ten days, it's only earned $24 million, less than a quarter of its production budget.

20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four took in roughly $4 million, while Michael Bay's The Island rounded out the Top 10 as it brought its box office gross to $30 million.

Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow seems to finally be catching on with a minor drop in its third weekend to give Paramount Pictures' Bad News Bears remake a run for eleventh place, both earning an estimated $2.5 million.

Two popular filmmaking auteurs saw success with their new films in limited release. Both Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers and Wong Kar Wai's 2046, received critical raves in their Cannes Film Festival debuts, and each averaged over $27,000 per theater this weekend. Opening in almost seven times as many theatres, Broken Flowers grossed $745,000 in its opening weekend, while 2046 brought in $113,000 in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.