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Box Office Analysis, March 26: Moviegoers Take the 'Inside' Track

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Mar 27, 2006 | 7:33am EST

Moviegoers took the Inside track this weekend. The Spike Lee-directed, Denzel Washington-starrer heist thriller Inside Man debuted at the top of the North American box office with $29 million. It’s the best opener for both Lee and Washington, whose last big film was Man on Fire, which opened in 2004 with $22.5 million.

Two-thirds of viewers for "Inside Man were older than 30, a promising sign for Hollywood, whose key audience of young males has been less inclined to go to the movies with so many other entertainment distractions such as video games and DVDs, The Associated Press reports. "This was a good kickoff to what I think will be a pretty good run leading up to summer," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told AP.

The weekend's other new releases included the video game fright flick Stay Alive, which premiered in third place with $11.2 million, and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, a gross-out romp starring comic Dan Whitney, which opened at No. 7 with $7 million.

The Top 12 films this week grossed an estimated $98.9 million, up 6.69 percent from last weekend’s total of $92.6 million and up 10.64 percent from last year's draw of $89.3 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Sony’s PG-13 Guess Who, which debuted at No. 1 with $20.6 million in 3,147 theaters, averaging $6,569 per theater; Warner Bros.’ PG-13 Miss Congeniality 2, which opened in second place with $14 million in 3,233 theaters, averaging $4,344 per theaters; Dreamworks’ R-rated thriller The Ring Two, which dropped to No. 3 in its second week of release with $12.5 million in 3,341 theaters, averaging $2,387 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Inside Man (Universal, R)

• Gross: $29 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,818

• Per-theater average: $10,291

No. 2: V for Vendetta (Warner Bros., R)

• Gross: $12.3 million (-52%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,365 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $3,663

>• Cume to date: $46.1 million

No. 3: Stay Alive (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $11.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,009

• Per-theater average: $5,579

No. 4: Failure to Launch (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $10.8 million (-31%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,202 (+85)

• Per-theater average: $3,373

• Cume to date: $63.8 million

No. 5: The Shaggy Dog (Buena Vista., PG)

• Gross: $9.1 million (-32%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,421 (-80)

• Per-theater average: $2,671

• Cume to date: $47.9 million

No. 6: She's the Man (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $7.4 million

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,631 (+8)

• Per-theater average: $2,824

>• Cume to date: $20.4 million

No. 7: Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (Lionsgate, PG-13)

• Gross: $7 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,710

• Per-theater average: $4,123

No. 8: The Hills Have Eyes (Fox Searchlight, R)

• Gross: $4.2 million (-47%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,461 (-160)

• Per-theater average: $1,727

• Cume to date: $35.5 million

No. 9: Eight Below (Buena Vista, PG)

• Gross: $2.7 million (-33%)

• Weeks opened: 6

• Theaters: 2,101 (-502)

• Per-theater average: $1,303

• Cume to date: $77.1 million

No. 10: 16 Blocks (Warner Bros., PG-13)

• Gross: $2.2 million (-53%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,066 (-600)

• Per-theater average: $1,072

• Cume to date: $34 million

OTHER OPENINGS

L'Enfant (The Child) (Sony Pictures Classic, R)

• Gross: $47,756

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 7

• Per-theater average: $6,822

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