Moviegoers were still feeling angry this Easter Weekend, keeping Anger Management at the top of the box office with a passionate $25.6 million.*
Holes dug into second place with a surprisingly solid $17.1 million, while Malibu's Most Wanted was third with $14.3 million.
Bulletproof Monk barely made its way into fourth place with a small take of $8.6 million; Phone Booth phoned into fifth place with $5.6 million.
Despite Anger Management's impressive take, the Top 12 films this week totaled $90.2 million--down more than three percent from last year's $93 million. Business, meanwhile, was up over 7 percent from the previous weekend's $84.2 million.
THE TOP TEN
Sony Pictures' PG-13 rated comedy Anger Management, which became the best April opener of all time when it debuted last week, held onto the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. The laffer, which stars Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson managed a still strong ESTIMATED $25.6 million (-39%) box office take at 3,570 theaters (+19 theaters, $7,171 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $80.2 million, headed for the $100 million mark.
Directed by Peter Segal, it also stars Marisa Tomei and John Turturro.
Buena Vista's PG rated teen comedy Holes debuted in second place with an impressive ESTIMATED $17.1 million at 2,331 theaters. Holes' $7,336 average per theater was the highest for any film playing this weekend.
The pic, based on Louis Sachar's award-winning children's novel, focuses on the adventures of troubled teens forced to dig holes in a dry lakebed.
Directed by Andrew Davis, it stars Rick Fox, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson and Shia LeBeouf.
"Holes was sort of off the radar," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "But kids know this book, and there's really no movies out there for kids right now. Almost every time when there's a void in the marketplace for family films, all of a sudden one pops up, and families rush out."
Warner Bros.' PG-13 rated comedy Malibu's Most Wanted debuted in third place with a "rizz-eal" ESTIMATED $13.1 million at 2,503 theaters with a high $5,250 per theater average.
The film revolves around a white wannabe rapper named B-Rad who thinks he is the dopest thing Malibu has to offer.
Directed by John P. Whitesell, it stars Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson.
MGM's PG-13 rated martial arts pic Bulletproof Monk debuted at No. 4 despite a head start on the competition. Bulletproof Monk, which opened Wednesday, took in a disappointing ESTIMATED $8.6 million at 2,955 theaters with a $2,910 per theater average.
The film revolves around a Tibetan monk charged with protecting a sacred scroll.
Directed by Paul Hunter, it stars Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott.
Twentieth Century Fox's R rated sniper thriller Phone Booth fell three rungs to fifth place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $5.6 million (-26%) at 2,448 theaters (-41 theaters, $2,318 per theater). Its cume is approximately $35.1 million.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, it stars Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Warner Brother's PG rated What a Girl Wants dropped three places to third in its third week with an ESTIMATED $4.8 million (-24%) at 2,930 theaters (-34 theaters, $1,640 per theater). Its cume is approximately $27.5 million.
Directed by Dennie Gordon, it stars Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston and Colin Firth.
Buena Vista's PG-13 rated comedy Bringing Down the House continued to show strong legs although it dropped from fourth to seventh place in its seventh week of release with an ESTIMATED $3.3 million (-27%) at 2,284 theaters (-546 theaters, $1,445 per theater). Its cume is approximately $122.7 million.
Directed by Adam Shankman, it stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.
New Line Cinema's R rated cop drama A Man Apart fell from fifth to eighth place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $2.6 million (-42%) at 2,174 theaters (-321 theaters, $1,196 per theater). Its cume is approximately $22.5 million.
Directed by F. Gary Gray, it stars Vin Diesel and Larenz Tate.
In its 17th week of release, Miramax's PG-13 rated musical Chicago continued its run in the Top Ten at ninth place with an ESTIMATED $2.4 million (-23%) at 21,711 theaters (-403 theaters, $1,452 per theater). Its cume is approximately $160.7 million.
Directed by Rob Marshall, it stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.
Rounding out the Top Ten is Lions Gate's R rated House of 1,000 Corpses. The horror thriller fell from seventh to tenth in its second week with an ESTIMATED $2.4 million (-31%) at 847 theaters (+252 theaters, $2,834 per theater). Its cume is approximately $6.9 million.
Directed by Rob Zombie, it stars Karen Black, Sid Haig and Jeanne Carmen.
This weekend also saw the arrival of two limited-release films, A Mighty Wind and Chasing Papi.
Warner Bros.' PG-13 rated "mockumentary" A Mighty Wind opened with an ESTIMATED $2.2 in 133 theaters, with a whopping $16,541 per theater average.
The film is a spoof about a reunion concert of '60s folk groups.
Directed by Christopher Guest, it stars Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley and Eugene Levy.
Warner plans to expand A Mighty Wind to over 500 theaters by early May.
Twentieth Century Fox's PG rated romantic comedy Chasing Papi opened with an ESTIMATED $2.2 million at 585 theaters with a $3,778 per theater average.
The film revolves around three young women who discover they are in love with the same man.
Directed by Linda Mendoza, it stars Jaci Velasquez, Roselyn Sanchez, Sofia Vergara and Eduardo Verastequi.
The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $90.2 million, up 7.07 percent from last week when they totaled $84.2 million.
The Top 12 were down only 3.08 percent from last year when they totaled $93 million.
Last year, Universal's PG-13 rated The Scorpion King premiered at the top of the box office with $36 million at 3,444 theaters ($10,475 per theater); Paramount's R rated Changing Lanes came in second in its second week of release with $11 million at 2,642 theaters ($4,189 per theater); and Warner Brother's R rated Murder by Numbers debuted in third with $9.3 million at 2,663 theaters ($3,495 per theater).
Hostages and POWs attempt to subdue their captors this President's Day holiday weekend as Hollywood heavyweights Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis battle for box office supremacy.
Lurking in the shadows, however, is pop songbird Britney Spears, whose Crossroads opens Friday against Washington's John Q, Willis' Hart's War, Disney's Peter Pan sequel Return to Never Land and the police parody Super Troopers.
Washington, who received an Oscar nomination Tuesday for his role as a corrupt cop in Training Day, looks set to prove once again that when he's bad, he's good at the box office. In the process, John Q will knock off Arnold Schwarzenegger's Collateral Damage as the No. 1 film.
Director Nick Cassavetes' scabrous but preposterously executed attack on HMOs, election year politics and media chicanery stars Washington as a father unable to afford the heart transplant operation that his young son desperately needs. So Washington does what every church-going, blue-collar family man does: hold hostage the patients awaiting treatment at an E.R. and force his son's doctor (James Woods) at gunpoint to perform the lifesaving operation.
The dubious moral of the story--that one must resort to violence in order to overcome bureaucratic red tape--will be lost amid the cheers destined to accompany Washington's every speech and threat. To that extent, John Q should triumph where the similarly themed Mad City failed in 1997 and enjoy an opening weekend that should exceed the $10.5 million total of that Costa-Gavras' misfire by perhaps $3 million. It helps that Washington is on roll after scoring with The Bone Collector ($66.4 million), The Hurricane ($50.6 million), Remember the Titans ($115.6 million) and Training Day ($76.2 million).
Washington's The Siege co-star Willis will provide the stiffest competition for John Q. The two tussled in the fall, when Washington's Training Day fended off Willis' underachieving Bandits with relative ease.
Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan rekindled interest in World War II. The Sept. 11 attacks also left audiences hungry for war sagas, resulting in the subsequent successes of Black Hawk Down ($89.2 million through Thursday) and Behind Enemy Lines ($58 million).
A thoughtful mediation on racism within the U.S. army's ranks, Hart's War pits Willis against Colin Farrell in a courtroom thriller set within the confines of a German POW camp. Willis, the camp's highest-ranking American officer, orders Farrell to defend a black pilot (Terrence Howard) during a murder trial that isn't quite what it seems.
Romance drove such recent World War II sagas as Pearl Harbor, Enemy at the Gates, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Charlotte Gray. Hart's War offers no such diversion, which could keep away those most likely to swoon at the sight of a pretty boy in uniform. Hart's War, however, should score with those who turned U-571 into a $79 million hit in 2000. Also, it helps that director Gregory Hoblit knows his way around a courtroom. His Primal Fear earned $56 million in 1996 and propelled Edward Norton to fame. Hart's War could do the same for Farrell, who became such a hot property after the critically acclaimed but hardly seen Tigerland that he replaced Norton in Hart's War, Matt Damon in Spielberg's Minority Report and Jim Carrey in Phone Booth.
Accordingly, Hart's War should match the $13.8 million that Enemy at the Gates opened with this time last year.
Hart's War will likely steal audiences away from the bloody Black Hawk Down, especially since director Ridley Scott's Somalia-set saga failed to secure a Best Picture Oscar nomination this week. Hart's War, though, faces extreme competition on March 1 in the form of Mel Gibson's Vietnam epic We Were Soldiers.
There's no question that Britney Spears moves more albums than Mandy Moore. But can she sell more movie tickets than her bubblegum pop rival?
Moore surprisingly raised the bar in January for Spears' starring debut Crossroads when A Walk to Remember opened with $12.1 million. The teen romance has made a solid $30.6 million through Monday after three weekends, but will likely buckle under the pressure of facing Crossroads.
The sight of a scantily clad Spears jiggling her way across America should be enough to attract an audience larger than her loyal female following, resulting in an opening similar to that of A Walk to Remember.
Crossroads might have a harder time matching the extremely chaste A Walk to Remember's eventual gross. Some parents might not take too kindly to their younger children watching Spears strut around in her underwear or sit through a road movie that touches upon such sensitive issues as rape and teen pregnancy.
There are no such worries with Return to Never Land, a somewhat belated sequel to 1953's Peter Pan and Disney's annual animated President's Day offering. Disney originally conceived Return to Never Land as a direct-to-video project, as it did with Toy Story 2. Disney clearly believes that Return to Never Land can enchant a young audience recently weaned on the likes of Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Still, Disney isn't displaying as much faith in Return to Never Land as it did in Toy Story 2, which opened with $57.3 million in 1999 during the lucrative Thanksgiving holiday. The weekend before and during the President's Day holiday offered down-to-earth openings for 2001's Recess: School's Out ($13.5 million; $36.6 million total) and 2000's The Tigger Movie ($9.4 million; $45.5 million total). Return to Never Land should match Recess's opening and fly off to about $50 million before enjoying a long and lucrative life on video and DVD.
A trip to Never Land will cause some families to cancel plans to run with Disney's other family offering, Snow Dogs, but not enough to slow Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Alaskan adventure to a crawl. Snow Dogs continues to show great legs, earning a strong $7.1 million in its fourth weekend despite competition from Big Fat Liar. Snow Dogs has $60.8 million through Wednesday, and should cross the finish line with $80 million.
Return to Never Land won't likely pose much of a threat to Big Fat Liar, which opened last weekend with a strong $11.5 million. The comedy, with Frankie Muniz matching wits with a greedy film producer, has $13.4 million through Thursday, and should remain the film of choice for pre-teens unable to sneak into Crossroads.
Fox failed in January to turn its spoof Kung Pow: Enter the Fist into a marital arts equivalent of Scary Movie. The company's boutique label, Fox Searchlight, won't have better luck trying to pass off Super Troopers as a Naked Gun for the 21st century. Like Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Super Troopers features no recognizable faces. Super Troopers also will fail to exceed the PG-13 rated Kung Pow: Enter the Fist's $7 million opening by virtue of its prohibitive R rating.
With John Q and Hart's War now in theaters, Collateral Damage will sustain a major hit in its second weekend.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's somewhat timely terrorist thriller opened last weekend with $15.1 million, slightly better than other such action-packed disappointments as Last Action Hero and The 6th Day. Collateral Damage has collected an unexciting $19.4 million through Thursday and will certainly not exceed the $66.8 million amassed by 1999's End of Days, which marked the start of Schwarzenegger's box office decline as an action hero.
Still, Schwarzenegger should fare better than his Predator and Last Action Hero director John McTiernan, whose ill-advised Rollerball remake crashed with a lousy $9 million opening. Audiences completely rejected this reworking of Norman Jewison's thoughtful but stomach-churning look at a futuristic sport driven by its body count.
MGM pulled Rollerball from its August release following terrible word-of-mouth and then cut out a fair chunk of nudity and violence to secure a PG-13 rating. The tactic didn't work in 2000 for the studio's Supernova ($14.2 million total), and it isn't going to save Rollerball from certain disaster. With Chris Klein serving as an inferior substitute for the original's James Caan, Rollerball has managed to amass an uncompetitive $10.8 million through Thursday. After The Thomas Crown Affair and Rollerball, McTiernan should avoid any more attempts to exploit Jewison's extensive body of work.
Perhaps MGM should have instead turned its attention to remaking Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. Director Kevin Reynolds' reworking of the classic tale of revenge, with Jim Caviezel plotting revenge against Guy Pearce, has plundered a grand $34.6 million through Thursday.
The promise of Oscar gold provided an immediate boost to such contenders as A Beautiful Mind and I Am Sam.
A Beautiful Mind saw its grosses jump from $433,000 on Monday to $610,000 on Tuesday after receiving eight Oscar nominations, including one Best Picture. You don't need to be a genius in mathematics to calculate that Ron Howard's biography of John Nash Forbes Jr., which has collected $116.2 million through Thursday, looks set to benefit the most this Oscar season. A Beautiful Mind will likely see its President's Day tally jump modestly from last weekend's haul of $6.3 million.
I Am Sam, which garnered a surprise Best Actor nomination for Sean Penn, increased from $323,000 on Monday to $395,000 on Tuesday. The heart-wrenching drama, with the mentally challenged Penn fighting to retain custody of his 7-year-old daughter, has $25.6 million through Thursday. I Am Sam should enjoy another $5 million weekend thanks to its Oscar nomination.
Best Picture nominations also should revitalize The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($272.9 million through Thursday), Gosford Park ($22 million through Sunday) and In the Bedroom ($19.2 million through Sunday) at the box office this weekend. Monster's Ball, which secured Halle Berry an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, should now successfully build upon the $2.3 million it earned at 342 theaters last weekend. The tense family drama has $3.9 million through Sunday.
With its 13 Oscar nominations, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will certainly end up with a gross in excess of $300 million. Its $272.9 million total equals director Peter Jackson's budget for the three films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring surpassed Shrek ($267.7 million) last week to become 2001's second-highest grossing film.
Perhaps a certain apprentice wizard should considering casting a spell that would prevent him from being thrashed at the box office by a lowly hobbit on a life-or-death mission.