Box Office Analysis, April 30: ‘Disturbia’ Tops Tepid Weekend, Gearing Up for ‘Spidey 3′

The voyeuristic thriller Disturbia fended off another weak batch of newcomers to take the top spot at the North American box office for the third straight weekend with $9.1 million.

With very low numbers this weekend–the top-12 movies took in an anemic $62.9 million, down 30 percent from the same weekend last year–the movie business seemed to be on hold in anticipation of a huge summer that begins this week with Spider-Man 3.

“This was an incredibly slow weekend. To have a top movie come in under $10 million just shows how the marketplace is in a holding pattern,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers told The Associated Press. “It’ll all be made up next weekend with Spider-Man 3.”

The newcomers Disturbia beat out this weekend included: The paranormal thriller The Invisible, which opened in second with $7.6 million; Nicolas Cage’s premonition actioner Next, which debuted in third place with $7.2 million; The Condemned, starring pro-wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, which premiered in ninth place with $4 million; and the comedy Kickin’ It Old Skool, starring Jamie Kennedy, which failed to make the top 10, coming in at No. 11 with $2.8 million.

The Top 12 movies grossed $62.9 million over the weekend, down 30.14 percent from last year’s draw of $90.1 million and down 14.16 percent from last weekend’s total of $73 million. The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Sony’s R.V., which opened at No. 1 with $16.4 million in 3,639 theaters, averaging $4,511 per theater; Universal’s United 93, which opened in second place with $11.4 million in 1,795 theaters, averaging $6,395 per theater; and Buena Vista’s Stick It, which opened in third place with $10.8 million in 2,038 theaters, averaging $5,301 per theater. (Click here to read last year’s box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES:

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Disturbia (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $9.1 (-30%) million

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,047 (+32)

• Per-theater average: $2,987

• Cume to date: $52.1 million

No. 2: The Invisible (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $7.6 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,019

• Per-theater average: $3,767

No. 3: Next (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $7.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,725

• Per-theater average: $2,642

No. 4: Fracture (New Line, R)

• Gross: $7 million (-36%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,443 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $2,896

• Cume to date: $21.3 million

No. 5: Blades of Glory (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.2 million (-32%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 3,056 (-403)

• Per-theater average: $1,702

• Cume to date: $108 million

No. 6: Meet the Robinsons (Buena Vista, G)

• Gross: $4.8 million (-31%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 2,461 (-542)

• Per-theater average: $1,967

• Cume to date: $88.3 million

No. 7: Hot Fuzz (Rogue, R)

• Gross: $4.7 million (-18%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 1,272

• Per-theater average: $3,758

• Cume to date: $12.4 million

No. 8: Vacancy (Sony, R)

• Gross: $4.2 million (-45%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,551 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $1,646

• Cume to date: $13.8 million

No. 9: The Condemned (Lionsgate, R)

• Gross: $3.8 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,310

• Per-theater average: $1,645

No. 10: Are We Done Yet? (Sony, PG)

• Gross: $3.4 million (-34%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,701 (-243)

• Per-theater average: $1,259

• Cume to date: $43.8 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Kickin’ It Old Skool (Yari Film Group, PG-13)

• Gross: $2.8 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,816

• Per-theater average: $1,542

Diggers (Magnolia, R)

• Gross: $32,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 18

• Per-theater average: $1,778

Jindabyne (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

• Gross: $30,243

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 6

• Per-theater average: $5,041

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