Weekend Top Ten:
1) The Bourne Ultimatum $70 million
2) The Simpsons Movie $25 million
3) Underdog $12 million
4) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry $10 million
5) Hairspray $9.3 million
6) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $9.2 million
7) No Reservations $6.5 million
8) Transformers $5.9 million
9) Hot Rod $5 million
10) BRATZ $4.3 million
Paul Greengrass proved that you don't need a script to pull an in audience this weekend. The Bourne Ultimatum, already notorious for having been shot on the fly, managed to break box office records. The action-packed sequel starring Matt Damon managed to pull in a little over $70 million dollars. This is the biggest opening for a film that August has ever seen. And, despite Damon's insistence that there will not be another one, it pretty much solidifies the fact that we can expect more Bourne sequels in the future.
Fox's powerhouse family of yellow scribbles managed to hold strong in its second week. The Simpsons Movie tucked a nice little take of $25 million under its pillow, making it the second biggest film of the weekend. Folks over at Fox have their fingers crossed that the success of The Simpsons Movie will lead audiences directly into the premier of its TV counterpart. Even if Neilson Ratings falter, its pretty much a given that we will be seeing The Simpsons at the multiplex at least one more time before the world closes in on itself. Its overall take in the States currently resides at $128 million.
Of the many new releases that bowed this week, only Underdog managed to pull in a decent audience. The reworked live-action stunt, based on an animated series from the 60s, tossed itself into the number three position with $12 million. The similarly themed Garfield: The Movie, based on a weekly comic strip, debuted with $21 million three years ago. So, it looks like audience's hunger for reworked properties is waning.
The other two major releases that stepped up to the plate this week barely eked themselves into the top ten. Hot Rod was aimed squarely at those adolescent boys that couldn't get themselves into The Bourne Ultimatum. This SNL stuntman didn't clear too many cars as he attempted to jump over the weekend box office. He crashed at number nine, with only $5 million dollars.
Bratz was a film strictly for ten-to-thirteen year old girls. And its performance showed that. Most of the audience that paid to see this film were kids being dropped off so their parents could watch Bourne in peace. Bratz only managed to dial up $4.3 million dollars, which barely ushered them into the number ten position. Avi Arad already has a sequel in the works. This poor performance at the box office might mean that it goes straight to DVD. I guess we'll have to wait and see how the movie performs on the home entertainment scene before we can make that call.
Jennifer Lopez's Hector Lavoe biopic faltered in the number twelve spot, bringing in a short changed handful of bills with $3.2 million. But don't quite count it out yet. Its intended audience flocked to the film, which debuted on only five hundred and forty two screens. $3.2 million isn't such a bad take for such a small production. Look for this one to blow up on home video, where it will surely find its intended audience.
Next week, Bourne will have to battle it out with Rush Hour 3, Stardust, and Skinwalkers. The Cuba Gooding Jr. masterpiece Daddy Day Camp also opens early in the week. That's some tough competition, but I have a feeling that Jason will pull himself through the wreckage.