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Box Office Analysis, Oct. 2: It’s 'Open Season' at the Box Office

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Oct 02, 2006 | 4:47am EDT

The Martin Lawrence/Ashton Kutcher animated comedy Open Season, about a bear and deer who take on hunters, debuted at the top of the North American box office with $23 million.

The Kutcher/Kevin Costner starrer The Guardian, meanwhile, opened in second place with $17.7 million, knocking last week’s champ Jackass 2 to the No. 3 spot with $14 million. The weekend's other new wide release, the comedy School for Scoundrels, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, premiered in the fourth spot with $9.1 million.

Open Season was the debut release from Sony Pictures Animation, a unit the studio hopes to establish as a regular producer of digital cartoons alongside such industry pioneers as Pixar Animation and DreamWorks Animation.

"It's a great first step," Yair Landau, president of Sony Pictures Digital, told The Associated Press. "It takes years and multiple films to build a brand, and certainly we'd like audiences to think of us in the pantheon."

The Top 12 movies grossed $85.1 million this weekend, up 13.10 percent from last year’s draw of $75.2 and up 3.51 percent from last weekend’s total of $82.2 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Buena Vista’s Flightplan, which stayed at No. 1 in its second week of release with $14.8 million in 3,424 theaters, averaging $4,324 per theater; Universal’s Serenity, which opened in second place with $10.08 million in 2,188 theaters, averaging $4,610 per theaters; and Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, which dropped to third place in its third week with $10.03 million in 3,204 theaters, averaging $3,131 per theaters (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Open Season (Sony Pictures, PG)

• Gross: $23 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,833

• Per-theater average: $6,001

No. 2: The Guardian (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $17.6 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,241

• Per-theater average: $5,451

No. 3: Jackass: Number Two (Paramount, R)

• Gross: $14 million (-52%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,063 (+4)

• Per-theater average: $4,574

• Cume to date: $51.4 million

No. 4: School for Scoundrels (MGM, PG-13)

• Gross: $9.1 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,004

• Per-theater average: $3,032

No. 5: Jet Li's Fearless (Focus/Rogue Features, PG-13)

• Gross: $4.7 million (-56%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 1,810 (+2)

• Per-theater average: $2,598

• Cume to date: $17.7 million

No. 6: Gridiron Gang (Sony Picts., PG-13)

• Gross: $4.5 million (-52%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,033 (-477)

• Per-theater average: $1,484

• Cume to date: $33.1 million

No. 7: The Illusionist (Yari Film Group, PG-13)

• Gross: $2.8 million (-15%)

• Weeks opened: 7

• Theaters: 1,319 (-113)

• Per-theater average: $2,157

• Cume to date: $31.4 million

No. 8: Flyboys (MGM, PG-13)

• Gross: $2.3 million (-61%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,033 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $1,141

• Cume to date: $9.9 million

No. 9: The Black Dahlia (Universal, R)

• Gross: $2.06 million (-54%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,002 (-234)

• Per-theater average: $1,033

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

• Gross: $2.02 million (-28%)

• Weeks opened: 10

• Theaters: 1,065 (-319)

• Per-theater average: $1,897

• Cume to date: $53.1 million

OTHER OPENINGS

The Last King of Scotland (Fox Searchlight, R)

• Gross: $143,252

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 4

• Per-theater average: $35,813

The Queen (Miramax, PG-13)

• Gross: $123,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3

• Per-theater average: $41,000

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