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Box Office Analysis, Aug. 27: 'Invincible' Sacks Competition

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Aug 27, 2006 | 3:51pm EDT

Pigskin season got an early kickoff as Mark Wahlberg’s football underdog drama Invincible, based on the true story of a Philadelphia Eagle fan who made the team in the mid-'70s, debuted in the top spot at the North American box office this weekend with $17 million.

"They make people feel good, and they can relate to the underdog," Chris LeRoy, general sales manager at Disney told The Associated Press. "They are sports-related stories, but I think these movies transcend the sport and get right to characters that people relate to."

Invincible, along with other newcomers, pushed last week’s champ Snakes on a Plane down the list to sixth place with $6.4 million.

But the drinking comedy Beerfest fizzled in fourth with $6.5 million, while the musical drama Idlewild, starring Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton of OutKast, failed to hit a note with moviegoers with its $5.9 million ninth place finish. The new family comedy How to Eat Fried Worms failed to even make the Top 10, opening in 11th place with $4 million.

The big success story this week, however, is the Sundance darling Little Miss Sunshine. Expanding to its widest release yet, the indie took the third spot with $7.5 million.

The top 12 movies grossed $83.8 million, up 4.34 percent from last year’s draw of $80.4 but down 8.25 percent from last weekend, which took in $91.4 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Universal’s The 40 Year-Old Virgin, which stayed at No. 1 in its second week with $16.2 million in 2,868 theaters, averaging $5,675 per theater; Miramax’s The Brothers Grimm, which debuted in second place with $15 million in 3,087 theaters, averaging $4,889 per theaters; and DreamWorks’ Red Eye, which dropped to third place in its second week of release with $10.2 million in 3,091 theaters, averaging $3,329 per theaters (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Invincible (Buena Vista, PG)

• Gross: $17 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,917

• Per-theater average: $5,838

No. 2: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $8 million (-42%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 3,370 (-371)

• Per-theater average: $2,374

• Cume to date: $127.6 million

No. 3: Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight, R)

• Gross: $7.5 million (+34%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 1,430 (+739)

• Per-theater average: $5,245

• Cume to date: $23 million

No. 4: Beerfest (Warner Bros., R)

• Gross: $6.5 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,964

• Per-theater average: $2,193

No. 5: Accepted (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $6.5 million (-35%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,917 (+3)

• Per-theater average: $2,228

• Cume to date: $21.1 million

No. 6: Snakes on a Plane (New Line, R)

• Gross: $6.4 million (-58%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,555 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $1,800

• Cume to date: $26.5 million

• Cume to date: $26.5 million

No. 7 : World Trade Center (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $6.3 million (-41%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,021 (+23)

• Per-theater average: $2,116

• Cume to date: $55.5 million

No. 8: Step Up (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $6.1 million (-39%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,647 (+8)

• Per-theater average: $2,337

• Cume to date: $50.4 million

No. 9: Idlewild (Universal, R)

• Gross: $5.9 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 973

• Per-theater average: $6,064

No. 10: Barnyard (Paramount, PG)

• Gross: $5.4 million (-28%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 3,003 (-224)

• Per-theater average: $1,809

• Cume to date: $54.7 million

OTHER OPENINGS

The Quiet (Sony Pictures Classics, R)

• Gross: $28,738

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 7

• Per-theater average: $4,105

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