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Box Office Analysis, June 22: Would You Believe 'Get Smart's On Top?

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Jun 22, 2008 | 12:09pm EDT

SUNDAY 9:00 a.m. (Pacific): Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway both have new all-time best opening weekends as Get Smart (Warner Bros) has scored an excellent $39.15M. The action-comedy delivered an estimated $13.5M on opening day, was up 5 percent on Saturday for $14.2M, and Warner Bros is anticipating an $11.45M Sunday.

For Carell , who steps into the shoes of Don Adams from the late '60s TV hit, Get Smart tops his previous best opening Evan Almighty.

ALL-TIME BEST STEVE CARELL LIVE ACTION OPENING WEEKENDS

1. Get Smart - $40M (estimate)

2. Evan Almighty - $31.19M

3. Anchorman - $28.41M

4. The 40 Year-Old Virgin - $21.42M

5. Dan in Real Life - $11.8M

For Hathaway, the Peter Segal-directed comedy eclipses 2006's The Devil Wears Prada.

ALL-TIME BEST ANNE HATHAWAY OPENING WEEKENDS

1. Get Smart - $40M (estimate)

2. The Devil Wears Prada - $27.53M

3. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement - $22.95M

4. The Princess Diaries - $22.86M

5. Ella Enchanted - $6.16M

The world of television has meant big dollars for Warner Bros this summer, first with the mega-hit Sex and the City and now Get Smart, which becomes the all-time fourth-best live action TV adaptation (non-sequel).

ALL-TIME BEST OPENINGS FOR LIVE-ACTION TV ADAPTATIONS (excluding sequels)

1. Sex and the City - $57.03M

2. Mission: Impossible - $45.43M

3. Charlie's Angels - $40.12M

4. Get Smart - $40M (estimate)

5. S.W.A.T. - $37M

6. The Dukes of Hazzard - $30.67M

7. The X-Files - $30.13M

8. Starsky & Hutch - $28.1M

9. Wild, Wild West - $27.68M

10. Addams Family - $24.23M

There was much less box-office love for Mike Myers' new comedy Love Guru (Paramount), which will likely finish No. 4 for the day and for the weekend. The film has limped out of the gate with a disappointing $5M, and, even with the help of recording superstar Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba, the poorly reviewed comedy will manage only $14M on its opening weekend. After back-to-back-to-back $100M+, and most likely $200M+, grossing movies, this represents a setback for Paramount (although the Dreamworks comedy Tropic Thunder, set for August, has a chance to be the biggest hit of the late-summer).

Myers' first non-Shrek movie since 2003's The Cat In the Hat will probably be only the fifth-best opening of his career.

ALL-TIME BEST LIVE ACTION MIKE MYERS OPENINGS

1. Austin Powers 3: Goldmember - $73M

2. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - $54.91M

3. The Cat in the Hat - $38.32M

4. Wayne's World - $18.12M

5. Love Guru - $14M (estimate) 

Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks/Paramount), in its final pre-Wall-E (Disney) weekend, scored another $21.7M Friday-thru-Sunday and is headed for an estimated new cume of $155M+. Industry sources are telling me that Panda  will likely finish its domestic run with $230M-$240M, which would be a spectacular showing.

Marvel's Incredible Hulk (Universal) has dipped over 60 percent to the No. 3 spot with only about $21.55M for its second weekend. After 10 days, the re-booted Edward Norton  Hulk  debut will be at about $96.5M domestic, putting it slightly behind the pace of Ang Lee's version of the big green guy from five years ago.

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening (Fox) fell 67 percent to an estimated $10M on its second weekend. The fifth place finish edges the R-rated genre pic just over $50M domestic.

The best Per Theatre Average posted was for Picturehouse's Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin. At just five locations, the tween girl-fueled G-rated film generated over $44,000 per location as it prepares to go wide on July 2.

REVISED THREE-DAY ESTIMATES

1. NEW! Get Smart (Warner Bros) - $39.1 million, $10,012 PTA, $39.1 million cume

2. Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks)  - $21.7 million, $5,354 PTA, $155.5 million cume 

3. Incredible Hulk (Universal) - $21.5 million, $6,145 PTA, $96.4 million cume

4. NEW! The Love Guru (Paramount) - $14 million, $4,648 PTA, $14 million cume

5. The Happening (Fox) - $10 million, $3,4349 PTA, $50.2 million cume

6. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount)  - $8.4 million, $2,653 PTA, $290.8 million cume

7. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (Sony) - $7.2 million, $2,196 PTA, $84 million cume

8. Sex and the City (Warner Bros.) - $6.4 million, $2,6647 PTA $132.3 million cume

9. Iron Man (Paramount) - $4 million, $2,093 PTA, $304.7 million cume

10. The Strangers (Rogue Releasing) - $1.9 million, $1,235 PTA, $49.5 million cume

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