Studio Estimates for Sept. 11-13:
1. Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $24 million
2. 9 – $10.9 million
3. Inglourious Basterds – $6.5 million
4. All About Steve – $5.8 million
5. The Final Destination – $5.5 million
6. Sorority Row – $5.3 million
7. Whiteout – $5.1 million
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… never bet against Tyler Perry. It didn’t matter that his film was in approximately 1,000 theaters less than the widest release film, his movies always manage to end up at the top of the box office. This past weekend was no exception. The $24 million made from I Can Do Bad All By Myself was Perry’s third highest-grossing opening weekend.
Runner-up was the animated 9 with about $10.9 million. Though that’s just a portion of what most animated features made, it was quite impressive for a PG-13 rated film opening in less than 1,700 theaters. But its $6,536 per-theater-average was second highest of the weekend. Not too shabby.
Inglourious Basterds took the third spot at the box office with $6.5 million during its fourth week since release. All About Steve nabbed the fourth spot with $5.8 million and The Final Destination landed the fifth spot with $5.5 million.
The other two new releases didn’t land in the Top 5. This includes the very disappointing result for Sorority Row ($5.3 million) and the Kate Beckinsale led Whiteout ($5.1 million).
As for our predictions, we all had a bad prediction week. Sheehan and I predicted only three of the Top 5 correctly while Phil predicted four of the Top 5. Anyway, we were way off and we’ll try to do better next week.
On Friday, four more new releases hit the theaters. First the family-friendly animated feature, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Then the Oscar-hopefull The Informant! starring Matt Damon. Third, Diablo Cody’s follow-up screenplay since Juno, which is a Megan Fox led horror/comedy titled Jennifer’s Body. And finally, the romantic comedy pair of Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart in Love Happens. It certainly looks like a tough weekend to predict.