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Monday October 22, 2007 9:20 pm

Box Office Breakdown: 30 Days of Night Sucks Up the Competition

30 Days of Night

I never thought I would ever find myself writing this:  ‘A Josh Hartnett-led film has opened at #1.’  Of course, he did have a little help from a vampire or two..

The horror film, , had an impressive debut for what was actually an unimpressive weekend.  With only $16 million, the Alaskan-set vampire flick beat out a host of movies filled with Oscar-nominated stars.  Ben Affleck’s well-reviewed directorial debut, , opened up in 6th place.  , starring are-they-or-aren’t-they-dating Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal, barely cracked the Top Ten.  Meanwhile, placed a dismal 15th despite the presence of Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro (and promotion on Oprah).

The success of 30 Days and the surprise return of - which placed 8th even though it was only in 564 theaters - clearly spells out the audience’s need for some Halloween fare.  This bodes well for the release of which opens next weekend.  (Yay!)

 

1. 30 Days of Night, Sony, $15,951,902
2. Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, Lionsgate, $12,186,011
3. The Game Plan, Disney, $8,178,646
4. Michael Clayton, Warner Bros., $6,677,272
5. The Comebacks, 20th Century Fox, $5,554,594
6. Gone Baby Gone, Miramax, $5,501,406
7. We Own The Night, Sony, $5,420,793
8. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Touchstone, $5,330,101
9. Rendition, New Line, $4,060,012
10. The Heartbreak Kid, Paramount, $3,814,636

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