Studio Estimates for Jan. 23-25:
1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – $21.5 million
2. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – $20.7 million
3. Gran Torino – $16 million
4. Hotel for Dogs – $12.3 million
5. Slumdog Millionaire – $10.5 million
Paul Blart: Mall Cop finished at the top for the second straight week, bringing its total gross to about $65 million. Kevin James certainly is making a case that he can be a bankable leading comedy actor. As for the two new releases this past weekend, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was runner-up with $20.7 million but Inkheart landed #7 with $7.7 million. The two notable films in this weekend’s box office were Slumdog Millionaire taking the #5 spot with $10.5 million with a relatively small release of 1,411 screens ($7,477 per theater average; the highest of the weekend) and how Notorious dropped over 72% from last weekend’s earnings for $5.7 (ranked #10).
Check back Friday for our new predictions when three new releases battle it out for the top spot: The Uninvited, Taken, and New in Town.