May 2, 2006

Box Office Update for 4/28-4/30: RV Tops United 93

Sophomoric family comedy rises to the top. Now, I have not seen RV, but something tells me that I wouldn't think much of it. Far be it for me to go with the mainstream. Any way, the Robin Williams film rose to the top of the heap, proving the seemingly eternal supremacy of the family comedy. Somehow, these films always see, to land on their feet, and this one is no different. Again, I haven't seen it, so it may actually be wonderful.

Coming in at number 2, just as I had predicted, is the first big screen film dealing with 9/11. United 93 proved to not be a blockbuster, as some media outlets would suggest, nor was it shunned by the filmgoers at large, rather it came in somewhere in between. It settled very nicely at the runner up slot. The film was amazing, powerful, and incredibly difficult to watch. I highly recommend it, although recognize that many are not yet ready for it. Be assured, this is not Hollywood exploitation.

Stick It is not only third on the list, it is also the third new release to rank this week. I am as far from the target audience as a guy can be, but for some reason, I still went and viewed the mediocrity. There is not a whole lot to like, although I think the tween girl audience will eat it up. I have no problem with it, it is inoffensive to the very end, making it a non-entity.

The fourth ranking new release is Akeelah and the Bee, coming in eigth. It was received with warm reviews, but failed to register on any large scale. It could gain legs based on word of mouth and those positive reviews. I have not seen it yet, but it looks like a good film.

Among the returning films, Silent Hill. It came in fourth, which is pretty good, I would have thought it would have dropped faster considering the wildly mixed word I have heard since its release last weekend. On another note, The Benchwarmers, of all movies, held on to the biggest portion of its audience from last week, slipping less than 40%.

Four films dropped off the top ten this week: Inside Man (11), Friends with Money (12), Take the Lead (13), and American Dreamz (15). The last one slipping down 6 spaces in only its second week of release.

This Week

Last WeekMy GuessTitleWknd GrossOverallWeek in release
2N2United 93$11,478,360$11,478,3601
3N4Stick It$10,803,610$10,803,6101
415Silent Hill$9,336,399$34,267,4622


Scary Movie 4$7,805,568$78,168,7193
63-The Sentinel$7,787,208$25,728,5482
746Ice Age: The Meltdown$7,204,960$177,863,0735
8N7Akeelah and the Bee$6,011,585$6,011,5851
958The Wild$4,799,676$28,510,7533
1069The Benchwarmers$4,385,855$52,768,0494

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