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Box Office Analysis, Aug. 15: Classic Sci-Fi Monsters Mash Competition

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Aug 15, 2004 | 12:05pm EDT

In the last gasp of summer blockbusters, AVP is MVP at the box office this weekend.

Alien vs. Predator, the acid-dripping, green-blood spewing, ultimate confrontation, easily took the No. 1 spot with a healthy $38.2 million, while the fluffy The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement offered more lighthearted family entertainment, debuting in second with $23 million.

AVP is by far the biggest opener for either of the two sci-fi franchises. Alien Resurrection, the fourth in the Alien series, came the closest (and that isn't saying much), opening in 1997 with $16.4 million.

"This continues the trend of combining franchises to very strong box office results," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "If you're a fan of the Alien movies, you want to see this movie. If you're a fan of Predator, you want to see this movie."

The other newcomer this weekend, the Japanime Yu-Gi-Oh!, appealed to the younger, card-trading set, opening in fourth with $9.3 million.

This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $121.8 million, up 24.51 percent from last weekend's $97.8 million take, but down 8.18 percent from last year's draw of $132.6 million.

The top three films at the box office this time last year were New Line's R-rated Freddy vs. Jason, which opened at No. 1 with $36.4 million in 3,014 theaters, averaging $12,086 per theater; Sony's PG-13 S.W.A.T., came in second in its second week with $18.1 million in 3,220 theaters, averaging $5,628 per theater; and Buena Vista's R-rated Open Range debuted in third place with $14 million in 2,075 theaters, averaging $6,770 per theater.

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

No. 1: Alien vs. Predator (20th Century Fox, R)

Gross: $38.2 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,395

Per-theater average: $11,267

No. 2: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Buena Vista, G)

Gross: $23 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,472

Per-theater average: $6,632

No. 3: Collateral (DreamWorks, R)

Gross: $16 million (-35%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,205 (+17)

Per-theater average: $4,992

Cume to date: $52.4 million

No. 4: Yu-Gi-Oh! (Warner Bros., PG)

Gross: $9.3 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,411

Per-theater average: $3,882

No. 5: The Bourne Supremacy (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $8.3 million (-42%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,976 (-328)

Per-theater average: $2,789

Cume to date: $139.4 million

No. 6: The Village (Buena Vista, PG-13)

Gross: $ 7 million (-57%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,142 (-591)

Per-theater average: $2,238

Cume to date: $99.7 million

No. 7: The Manchurian Candidate (Paramount, R)

Gross: $6 million (-43%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,612 (-255)

Per-theater average: $2,297

Cume to date: $47.9 million

No. 8: Little Black Book (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $3.7 million (-48%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 2,445 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $1,513

Cume to date: $14.5 million

No. 9: I, Robot (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

Gross: $3.5 million (-45%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 2,178 (-628)

Per-theater average: $1,641

Cume to date: $133.6 million

No. 10: Spider-Man 2 (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $3.4 million (-37%)

Weeks opened: 7

Theaters: 1,907 (-657)

Per-theater average: $1,783

Cume to date: $360.8 million

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