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Box Office Analysis, Aug. 15: The 'Brothers' Quartet Comes Out on Top

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Aug 15, 2005 | 5:50am EDT

Let's hear it for a little Brotherly love.

John Singleton's vigilante bloodbath Four Brothers, starring Mark Wahlberg, debuted on top this weekend with $20.7 million, while the creepy, black magical The Skeleton Key, starring Kate Hudson, opened in second position with $15.8 million.

Other newcomers this weekend included the raucous Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, which opened in fifth place with $9.4 million, and the WWII drama The Great Raid, which premiered at No. 10 with $3.3 million.

This rather lackluster weekend did nothing to improve on the continuing box office slump. "It was a fairly unremarkable weekend at the box office," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office-tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "August usually is a slowdown month."

The Top 12 films grossed an estimated $103.4 million, down 15.89 percent from last year's draw of $123 million but slightly up .18 percent from last weekend's $103.2 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: 20th Century Fox's PG-13 rated Alien vs. Predator, which opened in the No. 1 spot with $38.2 million in 3,395 theaters, averaging $11,279 per theater; Buena Vista's G- rated The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which opened in second with $22.9 million in 3,472 theaters, averaging $3,472 per theater; and DreamWorks R-rated Collateral, which dropped to third place in its second week with $16.1 million in 3,205 theaters, averaging $5,047 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: Four Brothers (Paramount, R)

Gross: $20.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,533

Per-theater average: $8,172

No. 2: The Skeleton Key (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $15.8 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,771

Per-theater average: $5,702

No. 3: The Dukes of Hazzard (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $13 million (-58%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,785 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $3,443

Cume to date: $57.4 million

No. 4: The Wedding Crashers (New Line, R)

Gross: $12 million (-25%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 3,131 (+25)

Per-theater average: $3,841

Cume to date: $164 million

No. 5: Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Sony Pictures, R)

Gross: $9.4 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,127

Per-theater average: $3,006

No. 6: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $7.2 million (-34%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 3,304 (-398)

Per-theater average: $2,197

Cume to date: $183.7 million

No. 7: March of the Penguins (Warner Independent, G)

Gross: $6.7 million (-5%)

Weeks opened: 12

Theaters: 2,063 (+196)

Per-theater average: $3,262

Cume to date: $37.6 million

No. 8: Sky High (Buena Vista, PG)

Gross: $6.1 million (-32%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,807 (-105)

Per-theater average: $2,173

Cume to date: $43.3 million

No.9: Must Love Dogs (Warner Bros., PG-13)

Gross: $4.5 million (-38%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,420 (-85)

Per-theater average: $1,895

Cume to date: $34.6 million

No. 10: The Great Raid (Miramax, R)

Gross: $3.3 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 819

Per-theater average: $4,120

OTHER OPENINGS

Grizzly Man (Lions Gate, R)

Gross: $265,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 29

Per-theater average: $9,138

Pretty Persuasion (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn, NR)

Gross: $62,400

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 8

Per-theater average: $7,800

Asylum (Paramount Classics, R)

Gross: $39,212

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 5

Per-theater average: $7,842

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