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Box Office Analysis, Oct. 3: 'Flightplan' Stays in the Air

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Oct 03, 2005 | 5:31am EDT

Flightplan circles around the box office competition for the second week.

Jodie Foster's latest action thriller Flightplan stayed at No.1 with $15 million, while the sci-fi actioner Serenity, a continuation of writer-director Joss Whedon's cult TV series Firefly, debuted in second place with $10.1 million.

David Cronenberg's intense A History of Violence, which opened limitedly last week, went to a wider release and came in fourth place with $8.2 million. Into the Blue, a treasure-hunting romp in the Bahamas with Jessica Alba and Paul Walker, opened in fifth place with $7 million, while The Greatest Game Ever Played, a rousing golf flick, came in at No. 9 with $3.7 million.

The Top 12 films grossed an estimated a four-day total of $75.3 million, down 14.35 percent from last year's draw of $101.7 million and down 25.97 percent from last weekend's $87.9 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: DreamWorks' PG-rated Shark Tale, which opened at the No. 1 spot with $47.6 million in 4,016 theaters, averaging $11,854 per theater; Buena Vista's PG-13 rated Ladder 49, which debuted in second place with $22 million in 3,260 theaters, averaging $6,776 per theater; and Sony Pictures' PG-13 The Forgotten, which dropped to third in its second week with $11.8 million in 3,144 theaters, averaging $3,760 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 (Four-Day Totals)

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

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

Gross: $15 million (-39%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,424 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $4,392

Cume to date: $46.1 million

No. 2: Serenity (Universal, PG-13)

Gross: $10.1 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,188

Per-theater average: $4,616

No. 3: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Warner Bros., PG)

Gross: $9.7 million (-49%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,204 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $3,045

Cume to date: $32.9 million

No. 4: A History of Violence (New Line, R)

Gross: $8.2 million (+1489%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 1,340 (+1,326)

Per-theater average: $6,119

Cume to date: $8.9 million

No. 5: Into the Blue (Sony, PG-13)

Gross: $7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,789

Per-theater average: $2,510

No. 6: Just Like Heaven (DreamWorks, PG-13)

Gross: $6.1 million (-37%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 3,543 (+34)

Per-theater average: $1,722

Cume to date: $38.4 million

No. 7: The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $4.4 million (-41%)

Weeks opened: 4

Theaters: 3,004 (-41)

Per-theater average: $1,465

Cume to date: $68.5 million

No. 8: Roll Bounce (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

Gross: $4 million (-47%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 1,661 (+36)

Per-theater average: $2,423

Cume to date: $68.5 million

No. 9: The Greatest Game Ever Played (Buena Vista, PG)

Gross: $3.7 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 1,014

Per-theater average: $3,697

No. 10: The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Universal, R)

Gross: $3.1 million (-28%)

Weeks opened: 7

Theaters: 2,152 (-429)

Per-theater average: $1,441

Cume to date: $101.4 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Capote (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

Gross: $348,978

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 12

Per-theater average: $29,082

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (DreamWorks, PG-13)

Gross: $155,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 41

Per-theater average: $3,780

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