Monday, September 12, 2005

Emily Rose Possesses the Box Office


Sony's Screen Gems' The Exorcism of Emily Rose topped the box office with an impressive $30.2 million from 2,981 theaters. The horror-thriller was made for only $19 million and averaged a strong $10,130 per location. The studio repeated its first place finish from last year this same weekend, when Resident Evil: Apocalypse opened to $23 million. Emily Rose marks the third-biggest opening for the month of September in box office history, trailing just Rush Hour ($33 million) and Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million).

Universal's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell, held on to second place in its fourth weekend in theaters. The $26 million-budgeted R-rated comedy added another $7.9 million for a total of $82.3 million so far.

Last week's #1, Jason Statham's Transporter 2, dropped two spots to third and 56.5% of its first weekend's ticket sales. The action-sequel, which holds the record for biggest Labor Day debut and was made for about $32 million, has earned $30.1 million for 20th Century Fox.

Director Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, collected $4.9 million in the fourth spot. The dramatic thriller has earned $19.1 million in two weeks and was produced for $25 million.

Wes Craven's Red Eye rounded out the top five with $4.6 million. The $26 million DreamWorks thriller is at $51.3 million after four weeks.

After having great success with the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy Wedding Crashers, which surpassed the $200 million mark this weekend on a budget of only $40 million, New Line's new comedy The Man, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy, failed to pull in audiences. The film opened in 2,040 theaters and earned just $4 million over its first three days.

In limited release, Miramax Films debuted An Unfinished Life, with Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman, in 139 theaters. The drama made $1 million for an average of $7,266. Lexi Alexander's Green Street Hooligans, starring Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam and Claire Forlani, also earned $60,200 from seven theaters.