SUNDAY AM: I’m still traveling through tonight. Here are Friday and Saturday and weekend North American grosses. I’ll refine the figures later:
1. Alice In Wonderland (Disney) Week 3 [3,739 Theaters]
Friday $9.8M, Saturday $14.5M, Weekend $34.1M, Cume $265.4M
Major moolah and #1 for its 3rd week in a row. Again, these 3D pics with higher ticket prices continue to dominate the box office.
2. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Fox) NEW [3,077 Theaters]
Friday $7.4M, Saturday $8.7M, Weekend $21.8M
As predicted, Wimpy passed much-hyped The Bounty Hunter on Saturday and place 2nd for the weekend. Who da thunk it? Fox already has a film sequel in development based on this wonderful book series. This is fired Disney movie chief Nina Jacobson’s first film as a producer. She brought Brad Simpson on to produce with her. Together, they spent 5 months looking for the wimpy kid and even had an audition website where thousands of kids tried out. The pic, which was championed by Fox 2000′s Carla Hacken, cost only $19M to make.
3. The Bounty Hunter (Relativity/Sony) NEW [3,074 Theaters]
Friday $7.6M, Saturday $8.2M, Weekend $20.5M
This is an embarrassingly soft opening considering the tabloid celebpower (Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler) and the wide release and omnipresent marketing. Maybe audiences are tiring of these imbecilic romantic comedies? Or these flack-phonied romances between stars leading up to the films’ opening? Stop the stupidity, Hollywood.
4. Repo Men (Relativity/Universal) NEW [2,521 Theaters]
Friday $2.1M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $6.1M
Still another disaster for both Relativity and Universal. This touted $32M budget pic was supposed to attract a sizable segment of the male moviegoing audience this weekend for an expected opening of double-digit grosses. Nope. As one rival studio exec snarked to me tonight, “Looks like the idea for Repo Men should have been repossessed.”
5. Green Zone (Universal) Week 2 [3,004 Theaters]
Friday $1.8M, Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $5.9M, Cume $24.7M
Relativity had a financial interest in this $100M-budgeted Universal pic which the studio unsuccessfully tried to sell as “Bourne 4″ just because it re-paired Matt Damon with director Paul Greengrass. Yet another total war movie write-off for fired Universal Pictures mogul Marc Shmuger’s disastrous tenure. Question is, when does boss Ron Meyer start to show he’s feeling the heat from all these losers?
6. She’s Out Of My League (Paramount) Week 2 [2,958 Theaters]
Friday $1.8M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $5.7M, Cume $19.6M
7. Shutter Island (Paramount) Week 5 [2,704 Theaters]
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.1M, Weekend $4.7M, Cume $115.7M
8. Avatar (Fox) Week 14 [1,246 Theaters]
Friday $1M, Saturday $1.7M, Weekend $3.9M, Cume $736.8M
9. Our Family Wedding (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [1,609 Theaters]
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $3.7M, Cume $13.6M
10. Remember Me (Summit) Week 2 [2,215 theaters]
Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.2M, Weekend $3.1M, Cume $13.8M
This drama was always going to be a small film, even with Twilight Saga’s Robert Pattinson starring. Besides, Summit Entertainment spent only $16M to make it and then covered 2/3s of the budget with foreign pre-sales.
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