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Box Office Analysis, Feb. 6: ‘When a Stranger Calls’ in First

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Feb 06, 2006 | 6:51am EST

The horror genre continued to prove its mettle at the box office this Super Bowl weekend.

The remake When a Stranger Calls, about a babysitter terrorized by a psychotic caller, debuted on top of the North American box office with $22 million, knocking last week’s champ Big Mommas House 2 down to second place with $13.3 million. The weekend's other new wide release, the romantic comedy Something New, opened at No. 7 with $5 million.

With fans staying home Sunday for the big game, theaters were typically quiet, though key Academy Awards contenders including Best Picture front-runner Brokeback Mountain benefited from last week's nominations.

"The Super Bowl is one of those television events like the Academy Awards that really dominates and monopolizes the audience," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press.

The Top 12 films grossed an estimated total of $81.6 million, down 18.43 percent from last weekend’s total of $100.1 million and down 6.68 percent from last year's draw of $87.5 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Sony/Screen Gems’ PG-13 Boogeyman, which premiered at No. 1 with $19 million in 3,052 theaters, averaging $6,232 per theaters; Universal’s PG-13 The Wedding Date, which opened in second place with $11.1 million in 1,695 theaters, averaging $6,566 per theater; and Sony Pictures’ PG-rated Are We There Yet?, which dropped to third in its third week of release with $10.6 million in 2,790 theaters, averaging $3,804 per theater. (Click here to read last year's box office report)

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: When a Stranger Calls (Sony/Screen Gems, PG-13)

• Gross: $22 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,999

• Per-theater average: $7,336

No. 2: Big Mommas House 2 (Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $13.5 million (-52%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,261(unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $4,094

• Cume to date: $45.4 million

No. 3: Nanny McPhee (Universal, PG)

• Gross: $9.9 million (-32%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,146 (+151)

• Per-theater average: $4,613

• Cume to date: $26.6 million

No. 4: Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features, R)

• Gross: $5.6 million (-13%)

• Weeks opened: 9

• Theaters: 2,089 (+435)

• Per-theater average: $2,719

• Cume to date: $59.7 million

No. 5: Hoodwinked (Weinstein Co., PG)

• Gross: $5.3 million (-29%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,907 (-113)

• Per-theater average: $1,823

• Cume to date: $44 million

No. 6: Underworld: Evolution (Sony, R)

• Gross: $5.1 million (-55%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,870 (-337)

• Per-theater average: $1,777

• Cume to date: $52.7 million

No. 7: Something New (Focus Features, PG-13)

• Gross: $5 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,266

• Per-theater average: $3,962

No. 8: Annapolis (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.4 million (-55%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 1,607

• Per-theater average: $2,163

• Cume to date: $12.9 million

No. 9: Walk the Line (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.4 million (+13%)

• Weeks opened: 12

• Theaters: 1,577 (+376)

• Per-theater average: $2,172

• Cume to date: $110.7 million

No. 10: Glory Road (Buena Vista, PG)

• Gross: $3 million (-44%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,141 (-256)

• Per-theater average: $1,404

• Cume to date: $39 million

OTHER OPENINGS

A Good Woman (Lions Gate, PG)

• Gross: $105,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 35

• Per-theater average: $3,000

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