FOUR CHRISTMASES gets early holiday PRESENT
Warner Bros holiday comedy FOUR CHRISTMASES, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, pulled in the masses. Although the film opened to mediocre reviews, it scored with $31.7 million over the weekend and $46.7 since its debut on Wednesday. I would expect this critic-proof film to perform well throughout December.
Disney’s animated, BOLT, has a great weekend at number 2 with a 101% increase in ticket-sales. Benefiting greatly from kiddie-matine showings, the film grossed $26.5 over the weekend to give it a solid ten day total of $86.2 mil.
TWILIGHT placed third, grossing $26.3 mil. The film proved to have a front-loaded audience, dropping off 61% in ticket-sales from its $70 mil opening. Still, with a 10 day total of $119.7 million, production company, Summit Entertainment, has to be mighty happy. Word has it that the sequel titled, “New Moon,” might start filming by March.
The newest James Bond film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, placed fourth, pulling in another $19.5 mil to give it a three week total of $142.3.
Baz Lurmann’s epic, AUSTRALIA, placed fifth, grossing $14.8 mil over the weekend and $20 mil since it hit theaters on Wednesday. While reaction among critics is split, I believe the general public will like this film. Despite its flaws, I really enjoyed it and will probably watch it again. It achieved my number one criteria for liking a movie in that I found it to be very moving.
A few other box-office items of interest: TRANSPORTER 3 opened in seventh place, grossing $12.3 over the weekend and $18.5 since Wednesday. Its star, Jason Statham, appears to stuck in a trading range when it comes to an audience. Whether he’ll ever break out and become a big time attraction is still suspect at this point.
Gus Van Sant’s, MILK, opened to very positive reviews and the film pulled in a terrific $1.4 mil on just 35 screens in 19 major cities. The film, which stars Sean Penn, should be a major player come award season. Here’s the weekend’s complete TOP TEN
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