Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sandler Clicks, Waist Deep Kills


Adam Sandler returned this weekend with his high-concept comedy Click, and despite bad reviews, it followed the path of many of his previous movies, grossing an estimated $40 million in its opening weekend, an average of $10,669 in 3,749 theatres. If that number sticks, then Click will be Sandler's fourth-highest opening movie after last year's The Longest Yard, 2003's Anger Management and 1999's Big Daddy.

Disney/Pixar's animated comedy Cars did far better in its third weekend than last week, earning another $22.5 million, a scant 33% drop-off, to bring its box office total to $155 million.

Dropping down to third place, Jack Black's Mexican wrestling comedy Nacho Libre didn't hold up nearly as well, adding another $12.1 million in its second weekend to bring its total to $52.7 million.

Vondie Curtis-Hall's crime drama Waist Deep, starring Tyrese Gibson and rapper The Game, had the most impressive opening of the month, earning $9.4 million in a mere 1,004 theatres, an average of $9,414 per theatre, not too far off the average of the higher profile Adam Sandler movie. It also made more its opening weekend than Tyrese's last movie Annapolis did, despite opening in 600 fewer theatres.

It also managed to race past Univeral's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift to take fourth place, the threequel dropping 62% from its opening weekend and grossing another $9.2 million. Its total box office after ten days is roughly $42.5 million.

In sixth place, the Keanu Reeves-Sandra Bullock drama The Lake House took in another $8.3 million to bring its own gross over $29 million.

Univeral's romantic comedy The Break-Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, crossed the $100 million mark over the weekend thanks to its $6.1 million weekend take.

Fox's family sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties flipped places with Fox's other sequel X-Men: The Last Stand, the former making $4.7 million this weekend to the latter's $4.4 million. Still, Garfield has only earned $16 million in its first ten days, less than the previous movie made its opening weekend, while X-Men is sitting pretty as the highest-grossing movie of 2006 with $224 million.

After becoming the second movie this year to cross the $200 million mark, Sony's The Da Vinci Code brought in another $4 million over the weekend to round out the Top 10 with a total of $205 million.

DreamWorks' Over the Hedge and Picturehouse's A Prairie Home Companion rounded out the Top 12 with $2.7 and $2.2 million respectively, but Fox's remake of The Omen took another huge tumble, falling out of the Top 12 with just $2.1 million while bringing its total after three weeks to just under $52 million.

IFC Films' crossword documentary Wordplay added 43 theatres over the weekend, where it earned another $326 thousand, an average of $7,244.