SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. (Pacific): Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway both have new all-time best opening weekends as Get Smart (Warner Bros) has scored an excellent $39.15M. The action-comedy delivered an estimated $13.5M on opening day, was up 5 percent on Saturday for $14.2M, and Warner Bros is anticipating an $11.45M Sunday.
ALL-TIME BEST STEVE CARELL LIVE ACTION OPENING WEEKENDS
1. Get Smart – $40M (estimate)
2. Evan Almighty – $31.19M
3. Anchorman – $28.41M
4. The 40 Year-Old Virgin – $21.42M
5. Dan in Real Life – $11.8M
ALL-TIME BEST ANNE HATHAWAY OPENING WEEKENDS
1. Get Smart – $40M (estimate)
2. The Devil Wears Prada – $27.53M
3. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – $22.95M
4. The Princess Diaries – $22.86M
5. Ella Enchanted – $6.16M
The world of television has meant big dollars for Warner Bros this summer, first with the mega-hit Sex and the City and now Get Smart, which becomes the all-time fourth-best live action TV adaptation (non-sequel).
ALL-TIME BEST OPENINGS FOR LIVE-ACTION TV ADAPTATIONS (excluding sequels)
1. Sex and the City – $57.03M
2. Mission: Impossible – $45.43M
3. Charlie’s Angels – $40.12M
4. Get Smart – $40M (estimate)
5. S.W.A.T. – $37M
6. The Dukes of Hazzard – $30.67M
7. The X-Files – $30.13M
8. Starsky & Hutch – $28.1M
9. Wild, Wild West – $27.68M
10. Addams Family – $24.23M
There was much less box-office love for Mike Myers‘ new comedy Love Guru (Paramount), which will likely finish No. 4 for the day and for the weekend. The film has limped out of the gate with a disappointing $5M, and, even with the help of recording superstar Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba, the poorly reviewed comedy will manage only $14M on its opening weekend. After back-to-back-to-back $100M+, and most likely $200M+, grossing movies, this represents a setback for Paramount (although the Dreamworks comedy Tropic Thunder, set for August, has a chance to be the biggest hit of the late-summer).
ALL-TIME BEST LIVE ACTION MIKE MYERS OPENINGS
1. Austin Powers 3: Goldmember – $73M
2. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – $54.91M
3. The Cat in the Hat – $38.32M
4. Wayne’s World – $18.12M
5. Love Guru – $14M (estimate)
Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks/Paramount), in its final pre-Wall-E (Disney) weekend, scored another $21.7M Friday-thru-Sunday and is headed for an estimated new cume of $155M+. Industry sources are telling me that Panda will likely finish its domestic run with $230M-$240M, which would be a spectacular showing.
Marvel’s Incredible Hulk (Universal) has dipped over 60 percent to the No. 3 spot with only about $21.55M for its second weekend. After 10 days, the re-booted Edward Norton Hulk debut will be at about $96.5M domestic, putting it slightly behind the pace of Ang Lee’s version of the big green guy from five years ago.
The best Per Theatre Average posted was for Picturehouse’s Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin. At just five locations, the tween girl-fueled G-rated film generated over $44,000 per location as it prepares to go wide on July 2.
REVISED THREE-DAY ESTIMATES
1. NEW! Get Smart (Warner Bros) – $39.1 million, $10,012 PTA, $39.1 million cume
2. Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks) – $21.7 million, $5,354 PTA, $155.5 million cume
3. Incredible Hulk (Universal) – $21.5 million, $6,145 PTA, $96.4 million cume
4. NEW! The Love Guru (Paramount) – $14 million, $4,648 PTA, $14 million cume
5. The Happening (Fox) – $10 million, $3,4349 PTA, $50.2 million cume
6. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) – $8.4 million, $2,653 PTA, $290.8 million cume
7. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (Sony) – $7.2 million, $2,196 PTA, $84 million cume
8. Sex and the City (Warner Bros.) – $6.4 million, $2,6647 PTA $132.3 million cume
9. Iron Man (Paramount) – $4 million, $2,093 PTA, $304.7 million cume
10. The Strangers (Rogue Releasing) – $1.9 million, $1,235 PTA, $49.5 million cume