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Box Office Analysis, Aug. 1: "Village" Upsets "Bourne"

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Aug 01, 2004 | 2:46pm EDT

Director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, The Village, ended The Bourne Supremacy’s reign at the box office this weekend with a chilling take of $50.8 million.

But although Shyamalan’s fourth Buena Vista feature defeated the Bourne Supremacy and newcomer The Manchurian Candidate to grab the No.1 title, it’s box office loot wasn’t the highest grossing for the master of suspense.

The thriller Signs earned a colossal $60.1 million when it premiered Aug. 2, 2002, and remains Shyamalan’s best opener yet. By comparison, the 2000 suspense pic Unbreakable opened to $30.3 million, besting the 1999 supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense, which debuted to the tune of $26.6 million and went on to become Shyamalan’s highest-grossing film ever with $293.5 million.

This week’s other new wide releases were scattered in the box office ranks, with the political thriller The Manchurian Candidate landing at No. 3 with $20.2 million and the pot pic Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle taking seventh place with a hazy $5.1 million.

Thunderbirds, the big-screen adaptation of the cult 1960s British TV series featuring marionettes, barely made an impact at the box office, crash-landing out of the Top 10 with $2.7 million.

This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $140.4 million, up 1.10 percent from last weekend’s $138.8 million take, and up 6.6 percent from last year’s draw of $131.7 million.

The top three films at the box office this time last year were Universal’s PG rated comedy American Wedding, which debuted at No. 1 with $33.6 million at 3,172 theaters, averaging $10,520 per theater; Miramax's PG rated Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, came in second in its second week with $19.5 million in 3,364 theaters, averaging $5,797 per theater; and Buena Vista's PG-13 rated Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl followed in third place in its fourth week with $18.8 million in 3,390 theaters with a $5,559 per theater average.

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

No. 1: The Village (Buena Vista, PG-13)

Gross: $50.8 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,730

Per-theater average: $13,623

No. 2: The Bourne Supremacy (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $23.4 million (-55 %)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,180 (+15)

Per-theater average: $7,358

Cume to date: $ 98 million

No. 3: The Manchurian Candidate (Paramount, R)

Gross: $20.2 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: $7,046

Per-theater average: $7,046

No. 4: I, Robot (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

Gross: $10 million (-54%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,204 (-290)

Per-theater average: $3,137

Cume to date: $114.7 million

No. 5: Spider-Man 2 (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $8.5 million (-43%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 3,001 (-752)

Per-theater average: $2,832

Cume to date: $ 344.2 million

No. 6: Catwoman (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $6 million (-64%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,117 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $1,951

Cume to date: $29.4 million

No. 7: Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (New Line, R)

Gross: $5.1 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,135

Per-theater average: $2,412

No. 8: Cinderella Story (Warner Bros., PG)

Gross: $4.6 million (-40%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,350 (-275)

Per-theater average: $1,996

Cume to date: $40.1 million

No. 9: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (DreamWorks, PG-13)

Gross: $3.1 million (-56%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,032 (-904)

Per-theater average: $1,526

Cume to date: $78.1 million

(Tie) No. 10: Fahrenheit 9/11 (Lions Gate, IFC Films; R)

Gross: $3.1 million (-35%)

Weeks opened: 6

Theaters: 1,217 (-628)

Per-theater average: $2,547

Cume to date: $109.4 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Thunderbirds (Universal, PG)

Gross: $2.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,057

Per-theater average: $1,313

Garden State (Fox Searchlight, R)

Gross: $185,034

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 9

Per-theater average: $20,559

She Hate Me (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

Gross: $57,049

Weeks opened: NEW! (Opened Wednesday)

Theaters: 11

Per-theater average: $5,186

Cume to date: $83,400

Intimate Strangers (Paramount Classics, R)

Gross: $56,000

Weeks opened: NEW! (Opened Wednesday)

Theaters: 5

Per-theater average: $11,202

Cume to date: $56,009

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