Continue reading Sunday’s recap …
This was the first in the Ice Age franchise to open on a Wednesday, earning a whopping $67.5 million in the five days since and $42.5 million for the weekend. Despite the fact that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the lowest debut for the Ice Age brand, it was still enough to grab a potential first place in an incredibly competitive marketplace beset with transforming robots, machine-gun wielding sociopaths, Sandra Bullock, seriously hung-over guys and an old man and a kid in a flying house.
Tied for first with $42.5 million is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which in the wake of a massive $109 million first weekend and a 61 percent drop, still managed to give all the other films a run for their money and potentially grab first place for the second consecutive week. After just 12 days of release, the film is already the highest-grossing film of 2009 with $293.5 million in domestic box-office dollars.
In third is Universal’s period crime drama, Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard, directed by Michael Mann. The film earned $26.1 million for the weekend and $41 million in loot since its Wednesday debut. The adult-themed drama performed well for a film with appeal to older, more sophisticated audiences and wound up in the box-office sweet spot where it needed to be.
In fourth is the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds rom-com The Proposal, which added another $12.8 million to the dowry, closing in on $100 million in domestic bliss revenue. With a modest budget and audiences continuing to feel the love, the film dropped a modest 31 percent in its third weekend of release.
In its attempt to never, ever leave the top five, Warner Bros.’ The Hangover remains the audience favorite with $10.4 million against a tiny fifth weekend drop of 39 percent and a domestic total that has now crossed the $200 million mark.
In limited release action, Sony Pictures Classics’ Woody Allen comedy Whatever Works added another 320 theaters and jumped into the top 15, a rare feat for an Allen comedy. The film starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood, has earned just over $2 million in three weeks and looks to have a strong run as word-of-mouth continues to propel the film. Summit’s The Hurt Locker also continues to impress with $126,000 in its second weekend, a mere 13 percent drop and an impressive $14,000 per-theater.
A squeaker of a weekend in many respects as the top two films battle it out for the number one spot, and we barely beat last year’s box-office overall totals for the patriotic holiday. Keep in mind that tomorrow could bring changes when the final numbers are tallied …
1. (TIE!) NEW! Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) – $42.5M; 4099 theaters; $10,368 PTA; $67.5 cume (five-day total)
1. (TIE!) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount/Dreamworks) – $42.5M; 4234 theaters; $10,038 PTA; -61%; $293.4M cume
3. NEW! Public Enemies (Universal) – $26.1M; 3333 theaters; $7,850 PTA; $41M cume (five-day total)
4. The Proposal (Disney) – $12.7M; 3099 theaters; $4,124 PTA; -31%; $94.2M cume
5. The Hangover (Warner Bros.) – $10.4M; 3070 theaters; $3,393 PTA; -39%; $204.1M cume
6. Up (Disney) – $6.5M; 2656 theaters; $2,477 PTA; -50%; $264.8M cume
7. My Sister’s Keeper (Warner Bros.) – $5.2M; 2606 theaters; $2,017 PTA; -58%; $25.9M cume
8. The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony/Columbia) – $2.5M; 1908 theaters; $1,310 PTA; -54%; $58.4M cume
9. Year One (Sony/Columbia) – $2.1M; 2240 theaters; $938 PTA; -65%; $38M cume
10. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) – $2.1M; 1419 theaters; $1,480 PTA; -42%; $167.7M cume
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