Weekend Box Office
1) Race to Witch Mountain $25 million
2) Watchmen $18 million
3) The Last House on the Left $14.6 million
4) Taken $6.6 million
5) Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail $5.1 million
6) Slumdog Millionaire $5 million
7) Paul Blart: Mall Cop $3.1 million
8) He's Just Not That Into You $2.9 million
9) Coraline $2.6 million
10) Miss March $2.3 million
Disney's Race to Witch Mountain flew out of the gate going 100 miles per hour. The kid-friendly thriller raced into the number one spot this weekend, taken in an estimated $25 million. This was $3 million more than the opening grosses for Dwayne Johnson's 2007 comedy The Game Plan, which proved to be a substantial hit for both Disney and The Rock. That film went on to collect more than $90 million at the box office. Race to Witch Mountain will most likely do the same.
Dropping to number two in its second week of release is the comic book adaptation Watchmen. The action drama pulled in another $18 million, which places its cumulative grosses at $86 million. Opening in third place was Wes Craven's remake of The Last House on the Left. A crowd pleaser, this horrifying new take on an old classic pulled in $14.6 million. This week's only other major release Miss March kerplunked itself all the way down in the number ten spot. It opened this weekend to a rather lackluster $2.3 million take.
Opening in limited release, the dramedy Sunshine Cleaning had the highest per screen average for the weekend. It took in an estimated $214,000 playing on four screens. If given the 3,187 screens held by Race to Witch Mountain, the film could have potentially walked away with $6.8 billion dollars. Also opening in limited release was the film Tokyo Sonata which earned $30,000 from just two screens.