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Box Office Analysis, June 26: Adam Sandler 'Click's with Moviegoers

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Jun 26, 2006 | 5:53am EDT

Adam Sandler scores another one. His newest fantasy comedy Click opened at the top of the North American box office this weekend with $40 million, making it Sandler’s eighth No. 1 opener. Click bumped Disney-Pixar animated comedy Cars down to second place with $22.5 million.

"Sandler's one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "Adam Sandler has this timeless appeal to audiences. He's like a big kid, and people love that about him."

The weekend’s other opener Waist Deep, an actioner starring Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good, debuted in fourth place with $9.4 million--and the second highest per-theater average, after Click.

The overall box office rose for the sixth straight weekend. The top 12 movies grossed $125.9 million, up 7 percent from last year’s draw of $117.6 but down 13 percent from last weekend, which took in $144.5 million. Hollywood revenues are at $4.35 billion for the year, up 4.5 percent from the box office in 2005, when the movie industry was in a prolonged slump, the AP reports. Factoring in higher ticket prices, though, movie attendance this year is up just 1.35 percent, according to Exhibitor Relations.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Warner Bros. Batman Begins, which stayed at No. 1 for the second week in a row with $27.5 million in 3,858 theaters, averaging $7,151 per theater; Sony’s Bewitched, which opened in second place with $20.1 million in 3,174 theaters, averaging $6,343 per theaters; and 20th Century Fox’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which dropped to third place in its third week with $16.8 million in 3,265 theaters, averaging $5,153 per theaters (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Click (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

• Gross: $40 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,749

• Per-theater average: $10,670

No. 2: Cars (Buena Vista, G)

• Gross: $22.5 million (-33%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,949 (-39)

• Per-theater average: $5,709

• Cume to date: $155.9 million

No. 3: Nacho Libre (Paramount Pictures, PG)

• Gross: $12.1 million (-57%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,083 (+13)

• Per-theater average: $3,937

• Cume to date: $52.6 million

No. 4: Waist Deep (Focus/Rogue, R)

• Gross: $9.4 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,004

• Per-theater average: $9,414

No. 5: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $9.2 million (-62%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,030 (+3)

• Per-theater average: $3,036

• Cume to date: $42.6 million

No. 6: The Lake House (Warner Bros., PG)

• Gross: $8.3 million (-39%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,645 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $3,140

• Cume to date: $29.2 million

No. 7: The Break-Up (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $6.1 million (-38%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,907 (-239)

• Per-theater average: $2,098

• Cume to date: $103.7 million

No. 8: Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (20th Century Fox., PG)

• Gross: $4.7 million (-35%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,981 (+35)

• Per-theater average: $1,593

• Cume to date: $16 million

No. 9: X-Men: The Last Stand (20th Cent Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $4.4 million (-44%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 2,408 (-404)

• Per-theater average: $1,827

• Cume to date: $224 million

No. 10: The Da Vinci Code (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $4 million (-24%)

• Weeks opened: 6

• Theaters: 1,911 (-5026)

• Per-theater average: $2,093

• Cume to date: $205.5 million

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