WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
While David Fincher's The Social Network took the top spot at the box office last weekend as predicted, the big surprise was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's much-talked-about new film, Let Me In, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million in its debut. This weekend three new films have entered the box office race all trying for that coveted number one position. The new crop of movies include, the romantic comedy Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl, the Disney film Secretariat and the Wes Craven movie My Soul to Take.
Repeating in the top spot this weekend was the new movie from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher called The Social Network. The movie, which is about the founding of Facebook stars a cast of excellent young actors that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). The movie only dropped 30.9% from its debut last week and earned $5,594 on each of its 2,771 screens for a weekend total of $15.5 million. The movie has earned just over $46 million, inching closer to breaking even from its $50 million production budget.
Debuting at number two this week is the new romantic comedy about parenting called Life as We Know It. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Killers), Josh Duhamel (When in Rome), Josh Lucas (Hulk), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Jean Smart (Garden State). The movie made $4,646 on each of its 3,150 screens for an opening weekend total of about $14.6 million, which is about half way to earning back its $38 million production budget.
Debuting at number three this wee is Walt Disney Pictures new sports film Secretariat, based on the true story of the Triple Crown winning race horse. The film stars Oscar nominees Diane Lane (Unfaithful), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and James Cromwell (Babe), as well as Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) and Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October). The movie made $4,102 on each of its 3,072 screens for an opening weekend total of $12.6 million. The movie was produced on a $35 million budget, so we'll have to see if it comes close to breaking even in the coming weeks.
Dropping two places from last week is the latest film from visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Dawn Of The Dead) called Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole. The computer animated film about a group of heroic owls stars an all-star cast of voice actors including Oscar winners Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine) as well as Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Jim Sturgess (21), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch). While the movie dropped nearly 35.6% from its debut last week, it actually earned $2,175 on each of its 3,225 screens for a weekend total of $39.4 million, which puts the film a little closer to earning back its entire $80 million production budget.
Rounding out the top five this week is the new film from "master of horror" director Wes Craven called My Soul to Take. The movie stars Nick Lashaway, Max Thieriot, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey, Jessica Hecht, Emily Meade and Frank Grillo. The movie made $2,690 on each of its 2,572 screens for an opening weekend total of about $6.9 million, which is not even close to earning back its $25 million production budget.
Continuing to do well in limited release this week is the drama Never Let Me Go from One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek. The film stars Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Keira Knightley (Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl), as well as the new Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield (Untitled Spider-Man Reboot). The movie was seen on 167 screens and earned $2,096 on each for a weekend total of $350,000.
Also continuing to do well in limited release is the 2010 Sundance Film Festival smash-hit movie, Catfish. The documentary follows filmmakers Henry Joost and Rel Schulman as they chronicle photographer Nev Schulman's budding long distance romance with a girl he met on Facebook who may be hiding a big secret of her own. The movie was seen on 143 screens and earned $2,615 on each for a weekend total of $374,000.
Next week will see the opening of two highly anticipated new films in wide release and one in limited release. First up is the new action-comedy Red, which is based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis and stars an all-star cast that includes Emmy winners Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard) and Mary-Louise Parker (Red Dragon), Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight), Helen Mirren (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws) and Ernest Borgnine (Escape From New York), Oscar nominee John Malkovich (Jonah Hex), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four) and Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United).
Also opening in wide release next week is the third installment of the film adaptation of the popular MTV reality series Jackass, Jackass 3D. In the film, Johnny Knoxville (The Dukes of Hazzard) returns for punishment along with his friends Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Jason Acuña.
Opening in limited release next week is the new drama Conviction directed by former actor Tony Goldwyn (The Last Samurai) and stars Sam Rockwell (Moon), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Juliette Lewis (Old School), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) and Peter Gallagher (American Beauty). So please check back in seven days to see who comes out on top at the box office next week!