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Box Office Analysis, Mar. 3: 'Semi-Pro' Scores But Not a Slam-Dunk

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Mar 03, 2008 | 4:12am EST

Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro opened at the top of the North American box office this weekend, grossing $15.3 million, but the basketball comedy fell short of Ferrell’s previous blockbuster openings in the sports spoof genre.

The New Line Cinema film, starring Ferrell as the owner of a fictional basketball franchise, wasn’t as big a hit as compared to Ferrell's 2006 NASCAR parody Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which opened at $47 million, and last year's figure skating comedy Blades of Glory, which earned $33 million in its first weekend.

"Will Ferrell is always a draw and audiences love him. But this particular weekend is not quite as strong as his earlier efforts," Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box-office tracker Media By Numbers LLC told The Associated Press.

Other openers this weekend included the historical soap-opera The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, which debuted in fourth place with $8.3 million; and the lighthearted comedy Penelope, starring Christina Ricci, which opened in eighth place with $4 million.

The Top 12 movies took in $81 million, down 25 percent from the same weekend last year and down 10 percent from last weekend’s total of $90 million.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10 ESTIMATES

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: Semi-Pro (New Line, R)

• Gross: $15.2 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 3,121

• Per-theater average: $4,870

No. 2: Vantage Point (Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $13 million (-43%)

• Weeks opened: 2

• Theaters: 3,150 (+1)

• Per-theater average: $4,126

• Cume to date: $41 million

No. 3: The Spiderwick Chronicles (Paramount, PG)

• Gross: $8.7 million (-33%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 3,654 (-193)

• Per-theater average: $2,395

• Cume to date: $55 million

No. 4: The Other Boleyn Girl (Sony, PG-13)

• Gross: $8.3 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,166

• Per-theater average: $7,118

No. 5: Jumper (Fox, PG-13)

• Gross: $7.6 million (-40%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,429 (-302)

• Per-theater average: $2,429

• Cume to date: $66.8 million

No. 6: Step Up 2 the Streets (Walt Disney, PG-13)

• Gross: $5.7 million (-40%)

• Weeks opened: 3

• Theaters: 2,528 (+48)

• Per-theater average: $2,260

• Cume to date: $48.5 million

No. 7: Fool's Gold (Warner Bros. PG-13)

• Gross: $4.6 million (-28%)

• Weeks opened: 4

• Theaters: 2,845 (-230)

• Per-theater average: $1,648

• Cume to date: $59 million

No. 8: Penelope (Summit Ent., PG)

• Gross: $4.006 million

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 1,196

• Per-theater average: $3,349

No. 9: No Country for Old Men (Miramax, R)

• Gross: $4.005 million (+66%)

• Weeks opened: 17

• Theaters: 2,037 (+936)

• Per-theater average: $1,966

• Cume to date: $69.5 million

No. 10: Juno (Fox Searchlight, PG-13)

• Gross: $3.3 million (-19%)

• Weeks opened: 13

• Theaters: 1,631 (-96)

• Per-theater average: $2,053

• Cume to date: $135.1 million

OTHER OPENINGS

Chicago 10 (Sony Classics, R)

• Gross: $44,800

• Weeks opened: NEW!

• Theaters: 14

• Per-theater average: $3,200

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