Monday, April 14, 2008

Prom Night takes the lead

The Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Be sure to check back on Monday for final figures based on actual box office.

Screen Gems' new horror remake Prom Night opened better than expected, earning an estimated $22.7 million from 2,700 theaters, an average of $8,407 per location. The Nelson McCormick-directed pic, starring Brittany Snow, is the 12th highest April debut ever, coming in just behind Denzel Washington's Man on Fire ($22.75).

Fox Searchlight Pictures' crime-drama Street Kings, starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie and Chris Evans, debuted in second place with $12 million from 2,467 theaters. Directed by David Ayer, the film averaged $4,864 per site.

Champ of the last two weekends, Sony's 21 dropped to third but still only 28.3% in ticket sales. The blackjack drama added $11 million in its third weekend and has collected $62.3 million so far. The film, with Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey, cost about $35 million to make.

Likewise, Nim's Island performed well its second weekend, dipping just 31.9% to make $9 million in fourth. Starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler, Fox Walden's fantasy-adventure has earned $25.3 million total and was budgeted at $37 million.

On the other hand, Universal's Leatherheads took a 51.1% tumble in its second weekend. Directed by and starring George Clooney, as well as Renée Zellwegger and John Krasinski, the comedy garnered $6.2 million for a total of $21.9 million. The film carried a budget of about $58 million.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, from Fox, earned $6 million this weekend in sixth place and has made $139.6 million in five weeks. The big screen adaptation cost $85 million to make and is the highest-grossing movie of the year so far.

Opening in 1,106 theaters, Miramax dramedy Smart People earned $4.2 million, an average of $3,797 per location. Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church star in the Noam Murro-directed film.

DreamWorks/Paramount's The Ruins took a big hit its second weekend, dropping $59.4% in sales and to eighth place. The horror-thriller made $3.3 million and has collected $13.4 million.

Both opening in just four theaters, Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor, starring Richard Jenkins, earned $88,000, and Young@Heart made $63,600.

Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.

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