Sunday, May 21, 2006

Da Vinci Code Deciphers the Box Office


After a disappointing weekend at the box office, things picked up with the release of Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's worldwide bestseller The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon. After selling nearly 60 million copies worldwide, the movie grossed nearly $30 million its opening day, leading to an opening weekend of roughly $77 million, averaging over $20 thousand in 3,735 theatres. The religious thriller made almost twice that amount outside the States to wind up with a three-day worldwide gross of $224 million, the second-biggest debut ever at the global box office behind only Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ($253 million). Da Vinci Code ranks as the 13th biggest opening weekend domestically ever.

Opening in over 4,00 theatres across the nation, DreamWorks' latest animated film, Over the Hedge, featuring the voices of Bruce Willis and Steve Carrell, didn't do nearly as well as their other movies facing such a huge blockbuster, but it was able to gross an estimated $37.2 million in its first three days.

The Paramount Pictures action threequel Mission: Impossible III with Tom Cruise had another significant drop in its third weekend, grossing an estimated $11 million. It also crossed the $100 million mark, making it only the second movie of '06 to reach that landmark.

Wolfgang Peterson's underwater remake Poseidon took an expected plunge of 59% for a second week take of $9.2 million, bringing its running total to $36.8 million.

Dropping down to fifth place, the Robin Williams comedy RV added another $5.1 million to bring its total across the $50 million mark.

WWE Films and Lionsgate tag-teamed for the horror-thriller See No Evil, starring Glen Jacobs AKA Kane, which scored $4.35 million in 1,257 theatres, enough to open in the #6 spot.

Lindsay Lohan's romantic comedy Just My Luck had the smallest drop-off for any movie in the Top 10, grossing approximately $3.4 million for a total just under $10.5 million.

Two adult-oriented thrillers lost a bit of business to "Da Vinci Code," as both the horror film An American Haunting and Paul Greengrass' 9/11 drama United 93 made around $1.5 million in their remaining 1,300 theatres.

One of the big surprises of spring might be Lionsgate's Akeelah and the Bee, which opened weakly at #8 four weeks ago, but has been able to stay in the bottom of the Top 10 since then. It added another $1 million this weekend to bring its total to $15.7 million.

Touchstone's gymnastics comedy Stick It had a massive 71% drop, as did 20th Century Fox's hit animated sequel, Ice Age: The Meltdown, knocking both of them out of the top 10.

Based on estimates, the combined gross for the Top 10 is slightly down from last year when Star Wars: Episode III - The Revenge of the Sith grossed over $108 million on its own.