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Monday August 23, 2010 6:50 pm

Box Office Breakdown: The Switch Fails to Light Up

The Switch

Maybe a quick trip to Cougar Town is something Jennifer Aniston could use right now.

Days after blurting out the R-word on television, Aniston is dealing with another ding in her career: the box office disappointment. The Switch, co-starring Jason Bateman, produced only $8.4 million over the past three days while narrowly escaping eighth place. The good news? The movie raised slightly more than Jen’s Love Happens did back in September. The bad news? The comedy earned about $4 million less than Jennifer Lopez’s baby movie, The Back-Up Plan, did in April.

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Although Fox’s technically charted in second place with $12.2 million, the movie actually rang up $18.6 million in ticket sales since opening on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Lottery Ticket, the weekend’s fourth place finisher, had the best per screen average ($5399) of any movie in the Top 10.

Landing further down the list were Piranha 3D and Nanny McPhee Returns. Dimension’s campy horror film scared up $10.1 million, apparently enough for the studio to greenlight a sequel. It’s hard to say, though, whether McPhee will get a third film. This chapter grossed approximately $6 million less than the 2006 installment.

  1. The Expendables, Lionsgate, $16,968,032 (avg. $5189)
  2. Vampires Suck, 20th Century Fox, $12,202,831 (avg. $3774)
  3. Eat Pray Love, Sony, $12,111,162 (avg. $3930)
  4. Lottery Ticket, Warner Bros., $10,652,297 (avg. $5399)
  5. The Other Guys, Sony, $10,163,337 (avg. $2927)
  6. Piranha 3D, Dimension, $10,106,872 (avg. $4092)
  7. The Switch, Miramax, $8,436,713 (avg. $4193)
  8. Nanny McPhee Returns, Universal, $8,407,685 (avg. $3020)
  9. Inception, Warner Bros., $7,838,179 (avg. $3265)
  10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Universal, $5,201,970 (avg. $1845)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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