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Monday June 2, 2008 4:43 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Raise Their Glasses to Sex and the City

Sex and the City Movie

Thanks to a mob of high-heeled women, the big-screen adaptation of took in nearly $57 million over the past three days. Pretty impressive considering the film was expected to land somewhere in the $25-$35 million range. But Carrie and Company did just more than score first place, their hard work put them into the record books:

  • Sex and the City had the best opening weekend for an R-rated comedy.
  • The film’s debut topped any live-action adaptation of a TV show. (The original Mission Impossible raked in $45 million.)
  • SATC‘s premiere surpassed all romantic comedies including Hitch ($43.1 million) and ($30.7 million).
  • It was the fifth best showing for any R-rated movie ever.

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These feats were especially impressive given the turnout of the movie’s nearest competitor. Although down from last week’s numbers, still managed to earn another $44.7 million. That chunk of change put the sequel comfortably past the $200 million mark.

  1. Sex and the City, New Line, $56,848,056 (avg. $17,305)
  2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount, $44,754,615 (avg. $10,496)
  3. The Strangers, Rogue Pictures, $20,997,985 (avg. $8515)
  4. Iron Man, Paramount, $13,541,264 (avg. $3710)
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Disney, $12,704,54 (avg. $3342)
  6. What Happens in Vegas, 20th Century Fox, $6,681,097 (avg. $2165)
  7. Speed Racer, Warner Bros., $2,259,031 (avg. $1091)
  8. Baby Mama, Universal, $2,194,320 (avg. $1230)
  9. Made of Honor, Sony, $1,913,035 (avg. $1004)
  10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Universal, $1,059,840 (avg. $1380)

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