Monday, May 29, 2006

X-Men Stands on Top on Memorial Day


After having the second-highest grossing opening day ever, the Brett Ratner-directed X-Men: The Last Stand officially took the Memorial Day holiday weekend record with an estimated $120.1 million in its first four days. It already surpassed the M-Day grosses of Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park and DreamWorks' Shrek 2 as of Sunday, when it was estimated to have grossed $103 million, which also made it the fourth-highest opening movie of all time. Without very much competition over the next few weeks, it should be able to make $250 million by summer's end.

Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, took a tumble in its second weekend, but held a strong second place with $43 million, bringing its total to $145.4 million. According to various sources, it held up better in international waters, even besting "X-Men" in some markets.

DreamWorks' latest animated comedy Over the Hedge held up better, closing the gap with $35.3 million in the four days, a minimal 8% drop-off from its opening weekend. Its total gross is roughly $84.4 million.

Tom Cruise's action threequel Mission: Impossible III and Wolfgang Peterson's underwater remake Poseidon had their smallest week-to-week drops thanks to the Memorial Day weekend. In fourth and fifth place respectively, they earned $8.6 and $7 million. To date, the former has grossed $115 million while the latter has earned $46.6 million; of course, the irony is that Poseidon cost more money to make than M:i:III.

Dropping to sixth place, Robin Williams' road comedy RV actually did more business in the extended weekend, earning another $5.3 million, bringing its grand total to $57 million.

The Lionsgate/WWE Films horror film See No Evil, starring wrestling superstar Kane, added another $3.2 million over the holiday weekend to bring its total to $9.2 million.

Lindsay Lohan's romantic comedy Just My Luck added $2.3 million for a gross of $13.9 million.

The only movie in the Top 10 to not lose a place, Paul Greengrass' 9/11 drama United 93 grossed roughly a million, bringing its total to nearly double its $15 million production budget.

The 19th Century ghost thriller An American Haunting dropped down to 10th place, making less than a million in its fourth weekend, while the Lionsgate drama Akeelah and the Bee rounded out the Top 12 with $830 thousand in its remaining 487 theatres. It has made just over $17 million.

Opening on Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles, the global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, starring former Vice President Al Gore, grossed $489,000 in 4 theatres, an impressive per-theatre average of $91.5 thousand over the last four days.