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Box Office Analysis, July 31: 'Miami Vice' Squeezes Out 'Pirates 2'

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Jul 31, 2006 | 5:13am EDT

There’s a new sheriff in town. Actually, make that two undercover Miami-Dade vice cops.

Michael Mann’s gritty update to his hit ‘80s TV show Miami Vice, starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, debuted at the top of the North American box office this weekend with $25.2 million. It edged out reigning champ, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which came in second with $20.4 million.

Teen flick John Tucker Must Die, opened in third place with $14 million, while the CGI-animated The Ant Bully, which featured the voice talents of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Nicolas Cage, didn’t do as well in the overpopulated field of family pictures, coming in fifth with $8.1 million.

The independent film Little Miss Sunshine, however, opened strongly in limited release. The quirky film starring Greg Kinnear and Steve Carell, took in $356,863 in only seven theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a per screen average of $50,980.

The top 12 movies grossed $114.8 million, up 2.51 percent from last year’s draw of $111.9 but down 19.52 percent from last weekend, which took in $142.6 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: New Line’s Wedding Crashers, , which moved up to No. 1 in its third week of release with $20 million in 3,030 theaters, averaging $6,608 per theater; Warner Bros.’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which dropped to second place in its third week with $16.3 million in 3,775 theaters, averaging $4,340 per theaters; and 20th Century Fox’s Sky High, which opened in third place with $14.6 million in 2,905 theaters, averaging $5,037 per theaters (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Miami Vice (Universal, R)

• Gross: $25.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,021

• Per-theater average: $8,342

No. 2: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $20.4 million (-42%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 3,834 (-299)

• Per-theater average: $5,345

• Cume to date: $358.3 million

No. 3 : John Tucker Must Die (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $14 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,560

• Per-theater average: $5,498

No. 4: Monster House (Sony, PG)

• Gross: $23 million (-48%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,553 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $3,237

• Cume to date: $43.8 million

No. 5: The Ant Bully (Warner Bros., PG)

• Gross: $8.1 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,050

• Per-theater average: $2,670

No. 6: Lady in the Water (Warner Bros., PG-13)

• Gross: $7 million (-61%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,235 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $2,165

• Cume to date: $32 million

No. 7: You, Me and Dupree (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $7 million (-45%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,850 (-287)

• Per-theater average: $2,456

• Cume to date: $59 million

No. 8: Little Man (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.1 million

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,175 (-358)

• Per-theater average: $2,345

• Cume to date: $50.1 million

No. 9: The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $4.7 million (-35%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 1,778 (-470)

• Per-theater average: $2,686

• Cume to date: $106.6 million

No. 10: Clerks II (MGM, R)

• Gross: $3.9 million (-61%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,150 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $1,835

• Cume to date: $18.4 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight, R)

• Gross: $356,683

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 7

• Per-theater average: $50,955

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