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Box Office Analysis, Aug. 1: 'Wedding' Crashes the Party

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Aug 01, 2005 | 7:35am EDT

The same two films leading the Top 10 for the third weekend in a row certainly proves summer is winding down.

The box office flip-flopped, with the No. 2 guy, the Frat-Packed The Wedding Crashers, bumping reigning champ, the confectionary marvel Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, out of the lead. Crashers took in $20.4 million, while Charlie manage to cook up $16.3 million.

This week's newcomers, meanwhile, couldn't break into the top--including the Disney superhero tween flick Sky High, which came in third place with $14.5 million; the high-flyin' actioner Stealth, which came fourth spot with $13.5 million; and the Internet dating comedy Must Love Dogs, which rounded out the Top Five with $13 million.

"Audiences are so desperate to find a film they like, they're just hanging on to the same movies," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, told The Associated Press.

The Top 12 films grossed an estimated $112 million, down 21.30 percent from last year's draw of $142.3 million and also down 13.26 percent from last weekend's $129.1 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Buena Vista's PG-13 rated The Village, which opened in the No. 1 spot with $50.7 million in 3,730 theaters, averaging $13,605 per theater; Universal's PG-13 The Bourne Supremacy, which dropped to second place in its second week with $24.1 million in 3,180 theaters, averaging $7,600 per theater; and Paramount Pictures' R-rated The Manchurian Candidate, which debuted in third place with $20 million in 2,867 theaters, averaging $6,982 per theater. (Click here to read last year's box office report)

(This week's box office Top 10 below...)

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: The Wedding Crashers (New Line, R)

Gross: $20.4 million (-20%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,030 (+105)

Per-theater average: $6,757

Cume to date: $116 million

No. 2: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $16.3 million (-42%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,775 (-15)

Per-theater average: $4,340

Cume to date: $148 million

No. 3: Sky High (Buena Vista, PG)

Gross: $14.5 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,905

Per-theater average: $5,022

No. 4: Stealth (Sony, PG-13)

Gross: $13.5 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,495

Per-theater average: $3,495

No. 5: Must Love Dogs (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $13 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,505

Per-theater average: $5,210

No. 6: Fantastic Four (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

Gross: $6.8 million (-46%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,744 (-705)

Per-theater average: $2,478

Cume to date: $136.1 million

No. 7: The Island (Dreamworks, PG-13)

Gross: $5.6 million (-55%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,138

Per-theater average: $1,785

Cume to date: $24 million

No. 8: War of the Worlds (Paramount Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $5.4 million (-39%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 2,324 (-941)

Per-theater average: $2,339

Cume to date: $218.3 million

No. 9: The Bad News Bears (Paramount, PG-13)

Gross: $5.4 million (-52%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,183 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $1,704

Cume to date: $22.4 million

No. 10: The March of the Penguins (Warner Independent, G)

Gross: $4.1 million

Weeks opened: 10

Theaters: 778 (+83)

Per-theater average: $5,341

Cume to date: $16.4 million

OTHER OPENINGS

The Aristocrats (ThinkFilm, R)

Gross: $260,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 4

Per-theater average: $65,000

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