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Box Office Breakdown: Horton Hears a Who Has Largest 2008 Debut

Horton Hears a Who

Thankfully, ‘s embarrassing stint on American Idol wasn’t all in vain.

earned $45 million dollars over the past weekend, trouncing the competition.  Although the kid-friendly flick has had the biggest opening of 2008 so far, the film falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to Dr. Seuss adaptations.  How The Grinch Stole Christmas opened with $55 million back in 2000; A Cat in the Hat took in $38.3 just three years later.

Horton‘s premiere also made a nice statement for non-Pixar related films overall.  This animated movie found itself in fifth place behind other cartoon debuts.  (Disney’s Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Cars and rank one through four.)

The only other new entries in this week’s Top Ten were the mixed-martial arts pic and the post-apocalyptic thriller .

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Take a Trip to 10,000 BC

10,000 BC

One year ago, pulled in an astounding $70 million dollars.  This past weekend, another period drama grossed exactly half that much.  Half, schmalf—it was still enough for a win.

Warner Bros.’ easily topped its futuristic competitors with a $35 million take over this last weekend.  The total was leaps and bounds better than the amount produced by second place finisher, College Road Trip.  The Disney flick, starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone, rang up only $13.6 million.

Meanwhile, last week’s #1, , was already showing signs of fatigue.  The basketball comedy fell to 5th place and earned a disappointing $5.7 million.  Does this mean the Will Ferrell sports era is finally over?

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Box Office Breakdown: Semi-Pro Scores the Win

Semi-Pro

What comes up, must eventually come down.  That goes for ‘s sports career as well.

Even though netted this weekend’s #1 spot, the basketball flick earned a measly $15 million.  That gross trails far behind 2006’s Talledega Nights ($47 million) and 2007’s ($33 million).  Sadly, Semi‘s debut also takes a backseat to Kicking and Screaming and Bewitched.  (In Ferrell’s defense, this movie was the only one of his sports films to be rated R.)

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In Theaters this Leap Year Weekend (2/29)

The Other Boleyn Girl

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • The Other Boleyn Girl (PG-13): starring Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson (directed by Justin Chadwick)
  • Penelope (PG): starring Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, Catherine O’Hara (directed by Mark Palansky)
  • Semi-Pro (R): starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin (directed by Kent Alterman)
  • Bonneville* (NR): starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen (directed by Christopher N. Rowley)
  • Chicago 10* (R): starring Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte (directed by Brett Morgen)
  • City of Men* (R): starring Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen (directed by Paulo Morelli)
  • The Unforeseen* (NR): starring Wendell Berry, Gary Bradley, William Greider (directed by Laura Dunn)

*limited and/or gradual release


Box Office Breakdown: Vantage Point Peaks at Number One

Vantage Point

Star-studded raised $22.8 million over the past three days making it this weekend’s clear winner.  The film, starring Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox, gives viewers multiple perspectives of a presidential assassination attempt.  Although the Pete Travis movie received less than positive reviews, the action thriller easily outearned its nearest competitor, The Spiderwick Chronicles.

The only other new entry in the Top Ten was Michel Gondry’s .  The Jack Black/Mos Def comedy opened in limited release and averaged over $5000 per screen.  Aside from Vantage, every other chart topper earned less than $4000 per theater.

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