Sunday, June 04, 2006

X-Men Broken Up By Rom-Com Defeat


Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston took down the mutants in a weekend that was expected to see a second straight box office win for 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand.

Universal Pictures romantic comedy The Break-Up surprised the industry with an impressive $38.1 million from 3,070 theaters in its first weekend. The Vaughn and Aniston-starrer averaged a strong $12,395 per theater and cost about $52 million to make.

Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand took a huge dive of 66.6% in its second weekend after setting the new Memorial Day weekend record last week. The third installment added $34.4 million and has collected $175.7 million so far domestically.

DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge remained in the third spot and made another $20.6 million in its third weekend for a total of $112.4 million. The animated comedy was able to surpass Sony's The Da Vinci Code, which had topped it the previous two weekends in North America. Code earned $19.3 million and has reached $172.7 million.

Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible III and Wolfgang Peterson's Poseidon each dropped a spot with $4.7 million and $3.4 million, respectively. M:i:III has earned $122.7 million after five weeks, while Poseidon is at $51.7 million after four weeks.

Although it expanded to just 77 theaters, Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth was able to enter the Top Ten in ninth with $1.3 million, for a strong average of $16.9 million. The film has made $1.9 million in two weeks.

Also in limited release, the French action flick District B13, co-written and produced by Luc Besson, grossed $410,000 in its opening weekend in 151 theaters, a weak average of $2,715 per theater. Lionsgate opened the drama Peaceful Warrior in 10 theaters from which it made $77,000, and documentary The War Tapes was released in just one theater but managed to take in $13,200.