Studio Estimates for Dec. 12-14:
1. The Day the Earth Stood Still – $31 million
2. Four Christmases – $13.3 million
3. Twilight – $8 million
4. Bolt – $7.5 million
5. Australia – $4.3 million
The sci-fi remake, The Day the Earth Stood Still, easily won the box office this weekend though it did underachieve according to our predictions. The film opened on 3,560 screens nationwide and tallied a per-screen average of $8,708… which is decent but nothing great. Releasing a huge blockbuster like this during December when a lot of smaller films are out is a good strategy for a mediocre film like The Day the Earth Stood Still. If this was released during the summer it might’ve been destroyed by bigger and better films.
The small films did very well in their limited releases this weekend. Milk (328 screens) made $2.6 million with a $8,037 per-screen average; Slumdog Millionaire (169 screens) made $2.2 million with a $13,018 per-screen average; Frost/Nixon (39 screens) made $630,000 with a $16,154 per-screen average; Doubt (15 screens) made $525,000 with a $35,000 per-screen average; Gran Torino (6 screens) made $284,000 with a $47,333 per-screen average.
Check back friday for our new box office predictions. Jim Carrey’s ‘Yes Man’ will be facing off against Will Smith’s ‘Seven Pounds’ and The Tale of Despereaux.