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Box Office Analysis, May 16: "Troy" Sacks Competition

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May 17, 2004 | 4:00am EDT

Another summer blockbuster hits the ground running.

The testosterone-laden Troy, based on Homer's epic poem The Iliad and starring Brad Pitt , expectedly dominated the box office this weekend, opening with $45.6 million and pushing last week's huge opener Van Helsing down to second place with $20.1 million.

Troy marks the best opener ever for director Wolfgang Petersen, whose last film, The Perfect Storm, debuted in 2000 with $41.3 million. It also bested the Oscar-winning Gladiator, which also opened in 2000 with $34.8 million.

The Jamie Foxx comedy Breakin' All the Rules also managed to debut in the top five this weekend, coming in fourth with $5.3 million.

This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $100.2 million, down .59 percent from last week's $100.8 million, as well as down 35.17 percent from last year's $154.6 million.

Last year, Warner Bros.' R rated The Matrix Reloaded opened with a massive $91.7 million in 3,603 theaters, averaging $25,472 per theater; Sony Pictures' PG rated comedy Daddy Day Care held onto second in its second week with $18.8 million at 3,408 theaters with a $5,540 per theater average; and 20th Century Fox's PG-13 rated actioner X2: X-Men United dropped to third its third week with $17.3 million at 3,490 theaters with a $4,957 per theater average.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES (Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Troy (Warner Bros., R)

Gross: $45.6 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,411

Per-theater average: $13,373

No. 2: Van Helsing (Universal, PG-13)

Gross: $20.1 million (-61%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,580 (+5)

Per-theater average: $5,615

Cume to date: $84.5 million

No. 3: Mean Girls (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $10.1 million (-26%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,015 (+43)

Per-theater average: $3,350

Cume to date: $55.3 million

No. 4: Breakin' All the Rules (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $5.3 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 1,318

Per-theater average: $4,021

No. 5: Man on Fire (20th Century Fox, R)

Gross: $5.2 million (-36%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,650 (-196)

Per-theater average: $1,981

Cume to date: $64.3 million

No. 6: 13 Going on 30 (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $4.2 million (-28%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,656 (-502)

Per-theater average: $1,581

Cume to date: $48.6 million

No. 7: New York Minute (Warner Bros., PG)

Gross: $3.7 million (-37%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,006 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $2,076

Cume to date: $10.7 million

No. 8: Laws of Attraction (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

Gross: $2 million (-44%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,003 (-446)

Per-theater average: $1,036

Cume to date: $15.3 million

No. 9: Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Miramax, R)

Gross: $60.8 million (-46%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 1,401 (-551 theaters)

Per-theater average: $1,161

Cume to date: $60.8 million

No. 10: Godsend (Lions Gate, PG-13)

Gross: $1 million (-64%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 1,291 (-1,032)

Per-theater average: $775

Cume to date: $13.4 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Carandiru (Sony Picture Classics, R)

Gross: $18,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 6

Per-theater average: $3,000

A Slipping Down Life (Lions Gate, R)

Gross: $9,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 5

Per-theater average: $1,800

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