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Box Office Analysis, Oct. 24: Expect Certain ‘Doom’

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Oct 23, 2005 | 11:30am EDT

The box office competition was certainly Doom-ed this weekend.

Doom--the latest ultra-violent video game-turned-feature film starring The Rock--premiered at the top of the heap with a somewhat weak $15.4 million. Meanwhile, the feel-good horse-racing flick Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, starring Dakota Fanning, offered an alternative for families, debuting in second with $9.3 million. Last week’s champ The Fog was pushed down to fourth place with $7.3 million.

Charlize Theron’s blue-collar drama North Country--based on the true story about the first successful class action sexual harassment suit--opened in fifth place with $6.4 million. Stay, a mind-bending thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling, on the other hand, didn’t make it to the Top 10, taking in only $2.1 million.

Distributors are a bit worried about the slow-down in the box office. Even though Universal expects to make its money back on Doom, the studio had hoped for a bigger opening weekend, Nikki Rocco, head of distribution told The Associated Press. "I'm very concerned about the marketplace," Rocco said. "There are so many movies out, so much to choose from, yet the marketplace continues to fall, and not just by little amounts."

Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations isn't as concerned. "In all fairness, this was more of a typical late-October weekend, as opposed to a year ago, when The Grudge surprised everyone and made this weekend look pale by comparison," he told AP.

 

There are some blockbusters coming up that might change things around, including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Producers.

The Top 12 films grossed an estimated a four-day total of $71.2 million, down 27.25 percent from last year's draw of $97.9 million and down .42 percent from last weekend's $71.5 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Sony Pictures’ PG-13 rated The Grudge, which opened at No. 1 with $39.1 million in 3,245 theaters, averaging $12,058 per theater; DreamWorks' PG-rated Shark Tale dropped to second place in its fourth week with $14.3 million in 3,656 theaters, averaging $3,914 per theater; and Miramax’s PG-13 rated Shall We Dance?, which moved up to third place in its second week with $8.5 million in 2,419 theaters, averaging $3,551 per theater. (Click here to read last year's box office report)

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES (Four-Day Totals)

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Doom (Universal, R)

• Gross: $15.4 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,044

• Per-theater average: $5,059

No. 2: Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (DreamWorks, PG)

• Gross: $9.3 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,007

• Per-theater average: $4,634

No. 3: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DreamWorks, PG)

• Gross: $8.7 million (-25%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,472 (-184)

• Per-theater average: $2,506

• Cume to date: $44.1 million

No. 4: The Fog (Sony/Screen Gems, PG-13)

• Gross: $7.3 million (-38%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,972 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $2,456

• Cume to date: $21.5 million

No. 5: North Country (Warner Bros., R)

• Gross: $6.4 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,555

• Per-theater average: $2,532

No. 6: Elizabethtown (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.7 million (-46%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,517 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $2,275

• Cume to date: $18.9 million

No. 7: Flightplan (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $4.7 million (-27%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 2,513 (-598)

• Per-theater average: $1,875

• Cume to date: $77.2 million

No. 8: In Her Shoes (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.9 million (-36%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,237 (-603)

• Per-theater average: $1,743

• Cume to date: $26.1 million

No. 9: A History of Violence (New Line, R)

• Gross: $2.7 million (-25%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 1,308 (-40)

• Per-theater average: $2,064

• Cume to date: $26.3 million

No. 10: Two for the Money (Universal, R)

• Gross: $2.4 million (-49%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 1,693 (-704)

• Per-theater average: $1,418

• Cume to date: $20.7 million

OTHER OPENINGS 

Shopgirl (Buena Vista, R)

• Gross: $236,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 8

• Per-theater average: $29,500

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (Warner Bros., R)

• Gross: $174,300

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 8

• Per-theater average: $21,788

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