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Monday, September 22, 2008

Weekend Box Office Results. Sept. 19-21

From Los Angeles Times
From Box Office Mojo


'Lakeview Terrace' is No. 1 at weekend box office

A bad cop bullied his way to the top of the weekend box office as a menacing Samuel L. Jackson in Sony Pictures' "Lakeview Terrace" overcame Lionsgate's "My Best Friend's Girl."

Jackson, playing an LAPD officer who harasses an interracial couple who move in next door, took in an estimated $15.6 million across 2,464 screens.

lakeview terrace wins box office

Produced for a modest $20 million by Sony branch Screen Gems and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, the PG-13 thriller is Sony's fifth opening this year at No. 1.

But across the board, ticket sales were down again.

Last weekend was the first time box-office grosses improved after seven straight weeks of slipping sales. Year-to-date revenue, at $6.99 billion, has fallen from last year's $7.04 billion.

Sony's "Resident Evil: Extinction," the box-office winner this time last year, attracted $23.7 million in sales. Attendance has dived 4.6% compared with 2007.

"My Best Friend's Girl" had been pegged as the weekend's other major film but was scorched out of second place by the strong second-week performance of the Coen brothers' R-rated "Burn After Reading."

The dark spy comedy from Focus Features, about two gym employees who stumble on the memoir of an ousted CIA official, made an estimated $11.3 million in 2,657 theaters.

The film had a sexy advantage with Brad Pitt and George Clooney in lead roles, and its cumulative $36.4-million draw far exceeded the studio's expectations.

"Word of mouth from the first weekend worked on it, and the country has really fallen in love with this film," said Jack Foley, distribution head for Focus Features. "It just established the momentum further."

Meanwhile, "My Best Friend's Girl" flopped with audiences, who gave it an estimated $8.3-million opening and a scathing 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, extending star Dane Cook's streak of poorly reviewed films.

Taking fourth place after a lull in family films, the PG-rated "Igor," about a mad scientist's hunchbacked assistant, opened with an estimated $8 million in 2,339 theaters.

British star Ricky Gervais' dry humor helped "Ghost Town" score a fresh 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and eighth place its debut weekend.

The PG-13 DreamWorks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment comedy earned an estimated $5.2 million across 1,505 screens with Gervais as a man who can see dead people.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: September 19-21, 2008

  • Lakeview Terrace (Sony) $15.6 million - opening weekend
  • Burn After Reading (Focus) $11.3 million - 2 wk total $36.4m
  • My Best Friend's Girl (Lionsgate) $8.3 million - opening weekend
  • Igor (MGM/W) $8.0 million - opening weekend
  • Righteous Kill (Overture Films) $7.7 million - 2 wk total $28.8m
  • Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys (Lionsgate) $7.5 million - wk total $28.4m
  • The Women (PictureHouse) $5.3 million - 2 wk total $19.2m
  • Ghost Town (Paramount/DW) $5.2 million - opening weekend
  • The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.) $3.0 million - 10 wk total $521.9m
  • The House Bunny (Sony) $2.8 million - 5 wk total $45.7m
  • Source: Box Office Mojo

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