Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ice Age Dominates a Second Week

Source: Comingsoon.net

20th Century Fox's Ice Age: The Meltdown remained atop the box office for a second straight week, adding $34.5 million while dropping 49.3% in ticket sales. The animated-comedy sequel became the first movie released this year to cross the $100 mark and has reached $116.4 million in 10 days. The original Ice Age made $87.3 million after the same time and went on to earn $176 million domestically. The Meltdown cost about $80 million to make.

Sony Pictures comedy The Benchwarmers debuted in the second spot with $20.5 million from 3,274 theaters. Featuring Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder, the film averaged $6,261 per location.

Antonio Banderas dance drama Take the Lead took third place in its opening weekend, earning $12.8 million from 3,009 theaters. The New Line release averaged $4,245.

Universal Pictures' Inside Man dropped two spots to fourth in its third weekend. The crime-drama added $9.2 million for a total of $66.1 million. The movie was produced for $45 million.

Newcomer Lucky Number Slevin, starring Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci and Bruce Willis, rounded out the top five with $7.1 million. The MGM/The Weinstein Company film played in 1,984 theaters.

The other new wide release, Mo'Nique's comedy Phat Girlz, opened at #9 with $3.1 million from 1,056 locations.

While that wasn't that impressive for Fox Searchlight Pictures, the studio did score again with Thank You for Smoking, which earned an impressive $2.4 million from just 300 theaters, an average of $8,000. The dramedy has collected $6.3 million in four weeks of release.

Also impressive was the first weekend for Sony Pictures Classics' Friends with Money, starring Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack. The film opened in just 28 theaters but earned $637,000 for the three days.