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Box Office Analysis, Nov. 12: 'Bee Movie' Creates Bigger Buzz

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Nov 12, 2007 | 5:43am EST

Although in second place last week, Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie whizzed past the competition to take the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, taking in $26 million and edging out last week’s champ, American Gangster, which debuted in second with $24.3 million.

"We don't often see a movie start out in the No. 2 position then move up to No. 1," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers, told The Associated Press. "It just shows how strong the word of mouth is on this movie and that families are really enjoying it."

The two big openers this week--comedy Fred Claus and political drama Lions for Lambs--had to settle for third and fourth place, respectively. Fred Claus, starring Vince Vaughn, took in $19.2 million, while Lions for Lambs, starring Tom CruiseMeryl Streep and Robert Redford, grossed $6.7 million. The horror flick P2 debuted in eighth place with $2.2 million.

The Top 12 movies took in a total of $98.8 million, down 11.27 percent from last year’s total of $111.4 million and down 18.60 percent from last weekend’s total of $121.4 million.

The Top Three films at the box office this time last year: 20th Century Fox’s Borat, which stayed at No. 1 in its second week with $28.2 million in 2,566 theaters, averaging $11,017 per theater; Buena Vista’s The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, which stayed in second place in its second week with $16.9 million in 3,458 theaters, averaging $4,895 per theater; and Paramount’s Flushed Away, which stayed in third place in its second week with $16.6 million in 3,707 theaters, averaging $4,480 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).

BOX OFFICE TOP 10 ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Bee Movie (Paramount, PG)

• Gross: $26 million (-32%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,944 (+16)

• Per-theater average: $6,592

• Cume to date: $72.2 million

No. 2: American Gangster (Universal, R)

• Gross: $24.3 million (-44%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,059 (+5)

• Per-theater average: $7,950

• Cume to date: $80.6 million

No. 3: Fred Claus (Warner Bros., PG)

• Gross: $19.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,603

• Per-theater average: $5,336

No. 4: Lions for Lambs (MGM/UA, R)

• Gross: $6.7 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,215

• Per-theater average: $3,029

No. 5: Dan in Real Life (Buena Vista, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.8 million (-25%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 1,941 (+16)

• Per-theater average: $3,025

• Cume to date: $30.6 million

No. 6: Saw IV (Lionsgate, R)

• Gross: $5 million (-52%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,904 (-279)

• Per-theater average: $1,725

• Cume to date: $58 million

No. 7: The Game Plan (Buena Vista, PG)

• Gross: $2.4 million (-39%)

• Weeks opened: 7

• Theaters: 2,161 (-683)

• Per-theater average: $1,115

• Cume to date: $85.4 million

No. 8: P2 (Summit Entertainment, R)

• Gross: $2.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 2,131

• Per-theater average: $1,032

No. 9: 30 Days of Night (Sony, R)

• Gross: $2.1million (-44%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 1,696 (-931)

• Per-theater average: $1,238

• Cume to date: $37.3 million

No. 10: Martian Child (New Line, PG)

• Gross: $1.7 million (-48%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 2,020 (unchanged)

• Per-theater average: $866

• Cume to date: $6 million

OTHER OPENINGS

No Country for Old Men (Miramax, R)

• Gross: $1.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 28

• Per-theater average: $42,929

Saawariya (Sony, R)

• Gross: $490,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 85

• Per-theater average: $5,765

AfterDark Horrorfest (AfterDark Films, R)

• Gross: $450,000

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 323

• Per-theater average: $1,393

War/Dance (ThinkFilm, PG-13)

• Gross: $17,070

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3

• Per-theater average: $5,672

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