Sunday, March 19, 2006

V For Victory at the Box Office


Warner Bros. Pictures' graphic novel adaptation V For Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, topped the weekend box office with an estimated $26.1 million from 3,365 theaters. The action-thriller averaged a strong $7,766 per theater. The film, which is also playing in IMAX theaters, was adapted by Andy and Larry Wachowski, creators of "The Matrix" franchise, and directed by James McTeigue.

Last week's champ, Paramount's Failure to Launch, dropped to second and a respectable 35.2% in ticket sales for another $15.8 million. The $50 million-budgeted romantic comedy, starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, has earned a total of $48.5 million in two weeks.

Disney's The Shaggy Dog remake, with Tim Allen, came in at number three in its second week. The comedy made $13.6 million and has collected $35.9 million so far.

Amanda Bynes' new romantic comedy She's the Man, released by Paramount's DreamWorks in 2,623 theaters, took the fourth spot with $11 million, in line with the studio's expectations.

Horror-thriller remake The Hills Have Eyes rounded out the top five, adding $8.1 million in its second weekend for a total of $28.8 million. The Fox Searchlight release was budgeted at about $15 million.

In limited release, Vin Diesel dramedy Find Me Guilty earned an unimpressive $628,00 from 439 theaters, for an average of just $1,430. On the other hand, Aaron Eckhart-starrer Thank You for Smoking debuted strong in just five theaters, making $260,000 for the three days.