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NE Snowstorm Slows '300' Stampede Fri But Still No. 1

Category: 300 News
Article Date: March 18, 2007 | Publication: Deadline Hollywood Daily | Author: Nikki Finke
Source: deadlinehollywooddaily

Posted by: DaisyMay

Sandra's 'Premonition' #2; But Chris Rock's Marriage Pic Bombs Big

That heavy snowstorm in the U.S, Northeast, complete with several inches of snow in major moviegoing metropolitan areas New York and Boston, depressed Friday's ticket receipts. Nevertheless, box office was still up again over last year because of blockbuster 300. Warner's R-rated battle bloodbath marched into 1st place with another $10.3 million Friday from 3,270 theaters, or -63% from last week's haul. With the white stuff stopped for Saturday, the CGI extravanaganza should make it to $30 mil for the weekend (not quite the $38 mil previously expected). Its new cume is an amazing $106.5 mil after only one week out.

In a nice bit of counter-programming (especially with basketball's March Madness having begun), Sony's Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock, should see its way to second place and an $18 million opening after taking in $6.3 mil from 2,831 venues Friday. Disney's motorcycle ride Wild Hogs, in 3,360 playdates, could rev for another $18 mil and hit the magic $100 million total this weekend for its third week out. Playing in 3,360 theaters, the 3rd place movie made $5.5 mil Friday for a new cume of $90.6 mil. Universal debuted ghost story Dead Silence in 4th at only 1,805 venues to so-so biz: $2.8 million Friday for what should be a $7 mil opener.

But Chris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife from Fox Searchlight, in 5th place at 1,776 theaters, eked out even less -- only $1.7 mil Friday despite heavy media attention. The comedian may be a hit on TV but not at the movies; he's had bomb after bomb after bomb. This time, his star vehicle tanked with only an expected $5.3 mil weekend debut. No. 6 was Walden/Disney's Bridge To Terabithia, still playing in 3,091 dates starting its 5th week out; the kiddie pic made $1.5 mil Friday for what could be another $5.8 mil weekend thanks to the usual Saturday matinee bounce. Its new cume is $71.3 mil.

Marvel/Sony's comic book hero Ghost Rider finally slowed to No. 7 its fifth week out; playing in 2,824 venues, it added another $1.2 mil Friday for a new cume of $107.4 cume. Pic should have a $4.2 mil weekend. Paramount's disappointing R-rated Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, finished 8th at the start of its 3rd week in 2,362 theaters; it managed a dismal $925K Friday for what should be just a $3 mil weekend and new cume of only $26.7 mil. Maybe Chris Rock should get some lessons from one-time mentor Eddie Murphy, whose Norbit is starting its sixth week and still placing 9th in 2,016 theaters; the DreamWorks pic mustered another $815K Friday for what could be a $2.9 mil weekend and new cume of $90.4 mil. Rounding out the Top 10, Warner's chick flick Music And Lyrics, with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, made $705K from 1,850 venues beginning its 5th week out. With a new cume of $45.8 mil, it should have another $2.1 mil weekend. And one last note: New Line's Jim Carrey starrer, The Number 23, continues to perform so poorly in its 4th week out that it fell out of the Top 10 entirely. That's another career in real trouble.


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