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Box Office Analysis, Aug. 13: 'Rush Hour 3' Bumps 'Bourne Ultimatum'

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Aug 13, 2007 | 5:24am EDT

As the last threequel of the summer, Rush Hour 3 made its mark at the North American box office this weekend with a $50.2 million take, enough to push last week's top film The Bourne Ultimatum into second place with $33.7 million.

The third installment of the Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker buddy cop franchise did not do as well as its predecessor Rush Hour 2, which took in $67.4 million when it was released in 2001. But it was the sixth threequel of the summer to open as a weekend's top film and it ranks as the fourth best August opening on record.

Other openers this weekend included the fantasy tale Stardust, starring Michelle PfeifferClaire Danes and Robert De Niro, which debuted in fourth place with $9 million, and the comedy sequel Daddy Day Camp, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., which opened in 10th place with $3.5 million.

The Top 12 movies took in $141.9 million, up 29.79 percent from last year’s total of $109.3 million but down 13.78 percent from last weekend’s total of $164.6 million. This makes it the fifth “up” weekend in a row from last year.

"We've been riding a wave of momentum that started with Transformers in July," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers told The Associated Press. "We already stand at $3.6 billion at the box office. The $4 billion summer, once thought an impossibility, is definitely within reach."

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year: Sony’s Talladega Nights, which stayed at No. 1 in its second week with $22.1 million in 3,807 theaters, averaging $5,812 per theater; Buena Vista’s Step Up, which opened in second place with $20.6 million in 2,467 theaters, averaging $8,374 per theater; and Paramount’s World Trade Center, which opened in third place with $18.7 million in 2,957 theaters, averaging $6,334 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10 ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Rush Hour 3 (New Line, PG-13)

• Gross: $50.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,778

• Per-theater average: $13,297

No. 2: The Bourne Supremacy (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $33.6 million (-51%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,686 (+26)

• Per-theater average: $9,135

• Cume to date: $132.3 million

No. 3: The Simpsons Movie (Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $11.1 million (-56%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,552 (-374)

• Per-theater average: $3,132

• Cume to date: $152.2 million

No. 4: Stardust (Paramount, PG-13)

• Gross: $9 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,540

• Per-theater average: $3,548

No. 5: Underdog (Walt Disney, PG)

• Gross: $6.4 million (-44%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,013 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $2,143

• Cume to date: $24.7 million

No. 6: Hairspray (New Line, PG)

• Gross: $6.3 million (-31%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,805 (-310)

• Per-theater average: $2,270

• Cume to date: $92.1 million

No. 7: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (Universal, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.9 million (-44%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,799 (-491)

• Per-theater average: $2,125

• Cume to date: $103.8 million

No. 8: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros., PG-13)

• Gross: $5.3 million (-43%)

• Weeks opened: 5

• Theaters: 2,585 (-540)

• Per-theater average: $2,085

• Cume to date: $272 million

No. 9: No Reservations (Warner Bros., PG)

• Gross: $3.9 million (-40%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,053 (-372)

• Per-theater average: $1,914

• Cume to date: $32.1 million

No. 10: Daddy Day Camp (Sony, PG)

• Gross: $3.5 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,332

• Per-theater average: $1,522

OTHER OPENINGS 

Skinwalkers (After Dark, PG-13)

• Gross: $565,279

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 737

• Per-theater average: $767

2 Days in Paris (Samuel Goldwyn, R)

• Gross: $181,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 10

• Per-theater average: $18,100

Rocket Science (Picturehouse, R)

• Gross: $56,899

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 6

• Per-theater average: $9,483

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