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Box Office Analysis, Sept. 25: 'Jackass 2' Pranks Its Way to the Bank

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Sep 25, 2006 | 4:55am EDT

Johnny Knoxville and his pals did what they do best. Their crazy stunt-filled sequel Jackass: Number Two stole the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, debuting with $28.1 million.

Jet Li's Fearless, the martial-arts master last foray in the kung-fu genre, opened in second place with $10.6 million, while the rest of the weekend's new wide releases debuted with poor numbers: The WWI tale Flyboys, opened in fourth place with $6 million and Sean Penn's political drama and supposed Oscar-baiter All the King's Men, premiered in seventh spot with just $3.8 million.

Overall box office receipts declined for the third-straight weekend. That follows a solid summer for Hollywood, whereas movie attendance began picking up this time last year after a prolonged summer slump.

“After a weak summer last year, we had a fairly strong fall," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "This year, we're seeing a reversal of what happened last year."

The Top 12 movies grossed $81.1 million this weekend, down 6.82 percent from last year’s draw of $87.9 but up 51.70 percent from last weekend’s total of $54 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Buena Vista’s Flightplan, which opened No. 1 with $24.6 million in 3,424 theaters, averaging $7,193 per theater; Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, which moved up to second place in its second week of release with $19.1 million in 3,204 theaters, averaging $5,975 per theaters; and DreamWorks’ Just Like Heaven, which dropped to third place in its second week with $9.6 million in 3,509 theaters, averaging $2,742 per theaters (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Jackass: Number Two (Paramount, R)

• Gross: $28.1 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,059

• Per-theater average: $9,188

No. 2: Jet Li's Fearless (Focus/Rogue Features, PG-13)

• Gross: $10.5 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,808

• Per-theater average: $5,843

No. 3: Gridiron Gang (Sony Picts., PG-13)

• Gross: $9.7 million (-33%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,510 (+6)

• Per-theater average: $2,764

• Cume to date: $27.2 million

No. 4: Flyboys (MGM, PG-13)

• Gross: $6 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,033

• Per-theater average: $2,957

No. 5: Everyone's Hero (20th Century Fox, G)

• Gross: $4.71 million (-22%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,898 (+2)

• Per-theater average: $1,639

• Cume to date: $11.5 million

No. 6: The Black Dahlia (Universal, R)

• Gross: $4.4 million (-56%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,236 (+10)

• Per-theater average: $1,968

No. 7: All the King's Men (Sony Pictures, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.8 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,514

• Per-theater average: $2,510

No. 8 : The Covenant (Screen Gems, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.3 million (-31%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,678 (-3)

• Per-theater average: $1,232

• Cume to date: $20.3 million

No. 9: The Illusionist (Yari Film Group, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.2 million (-10%)

• Weeks opened: 6

• Theaters: 1,432 (-6)

• Per-theater average: $2,287

• Cume to date: $27.5 million

No. 10: Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight, R)

• Gross: $2.8 million (-13%)

• Weeks opened: 9

• Theaters: 1,384 (-52)

• Per-theater average: $2,077

• Cume to date: $50.3 million

OTHER OPENINGS

American Hardcore (Sony Picts. Classics, R)

• Gross: $21,187

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1

• Per-theater average: $21,187

The Science of Sleep (Warner Indie, R)

• Gross: $10,400

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2

• Per-theater average: $5,200

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