Weekend Box Office

Box Office Wrapup: "Mission: Impossible 3" Beats "Poseidon" to Remain at #1

by | May 14, 2006 | Comments

Tom Cruise‘s spy sequel Mission: Impossible III remained the most popular film in North America for the second straight weekend while the big-budget disaster film Poseidon opened in second place to disappointing results.

The frame’s other new releases, the Lindsay Lohan comedy Just My Luck and the soccer drama Goal! The Dream Begins, opened miserably as well giving the industry little to celebrate. Overall ticket sales fell behind those of the comparable weekend in each of the last four years as a sluggish marketplace waits for that one true summer blockbuster that draws the masses into the multiplexes.

Despite a weaker-than-expected opening weekend, Paramount’s MI3 enjoyed a respectable sophomore frame dropping 49% to an estimated $24.5M to retain its standing as the number one film. Playing in an ultrawide 4,059 theaters, the Ethan Hunt actioner averaged a solid $6,039 per location and raised its ten-day total to $84.6M. The decline was very similar to the 48% second weekend fall for last summer’s big spy flick Mr. & Mrs. Smith which grossed $26M in its sophomore shot after a $50.3M bow. The Pitt-Jolie vehicle, however, captured a more muscular $96.7M in its first ten days thanks in part to a June release when more students were out of school.

With so many action sequels tumbling by 55% or more on the second weekend, Mission: Impossible III managed to hold up relatively well. Competition from Poseidon was not formidable so moviegoers were not drawn away to another big event pic. The latest Ethan Hunt film will face its true test this Friday when the much-anticipated thriller The Da Vinci Code starring that other Tom opens followed a week later by the mutant juggernaut X-Men: The Last Stand. At its current pace, look for MI3 to reach $130-140M domestically making it the lowest grossing installment of the decade-old franchise. The first Mission: Impossible grossed $181M in 1996 while MI2 took in $215.4M in 2000. Overseas, MI3 jumped to $129.2M in foreign sales putting the worldwide tally at $213.8M in under two weeks. The global box office gross looks to be on a trajectory to hit $350M.

Failing to sink Cruise’s ship, the ocean liner disaster pic Poseidon settled for the runner-up spot this weekend opening with an estimated $20.3M from 3,555 locations. Warner Bros. generated a decent but not impressive per-theater average of $5,717 with its first pricey entry of the summer movie season. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm, Air Force One), the PG-13 film was a remake of the 1972 picture The Poseidon Adventure and starred Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, and Richard Dreyfuss as passengers on a luxury ship who must fight to survive after a rogue wave capsizes the vessel. Poseidon opened weaker than other big-budget maritime action films like 2003’s Master and Commander ($25.1M), 2000’s The Perfect Storm ($41.3M), and even 1995’s infamous Waterworld ($21.2M).

Although audiences in years past have flocked to May disaster films like Twister, Deep Impact, and The Day After Tomorrow, this time Poseidon lacked the goods to draw in a paying audience. Reviews were not kind which also made the adult-skewing picture a tough sell. Varying reports on the film’s budget put the production cost in excess of $160M so a stellar run internationally and on DVD will be needed in order to turn a profit. Poseidon set sail in a handful of Asian countries to the tune of $4.4M this weekend, but will open in most foreign territories in June and July.

Once again scoring the best hold among all wide releases was the Robin Williams family comedy RV which dipped a mere 14% in its third weekend to an estimated $9.5M. The Sony hit has collected a solid $42.8M in 17 days.

Ticket buyers ignored Lindsay Lohan’s new film Just My Luck which flopped in its opening weekend grossing a mere $5.5M, according to estimates. The Fox release averaged an unlucky $2,165 per location and played almost exclusively to a teen girl audience. Studio research showed that the crowd for Luck was a remarkably high 80% female and 70% under the age of 25. Critics, not surprisingly, panned the film.

Horror flick An American Haunting enjoyed a solid sophomore session dropping only 36% to an estimated $3.7M for fifth place. Distributed by Freestyle Releasing, the PG-13 thriller has banked $10.9M in ten days and should scare its way to a mediocre $17-19M. Universal’s 9/11 thriller United 93 followed with an estimated $3.6M, down just 33%, lifting the cume to a decent $25.6M.

The teen gymnastics pic Stick It dropped 41% to an estimated $3.2M to land in the number seven spot with a total to date of $22.2M for Buena Vista. Fox’s animated sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown, still the top-grossing film of 2006, grossed an estimated $3M sliding just 29% in its seventh weekend. No other film has spent as many weeks in the top ten this year. Cume stands at $187.4M domestically and over $600M worldwide.

Sony’s fright pic Silent Hill placed ninth with an estimated $2.2M, off 45%, for a sum of $44.5M thus far. The New Line flop Hoot fell 37% to an estimated $2.1M in its second outing as the total inched up to a dismal $6.2M. Last weekend, the owl film had the distinction of suffering the worst opening in history for a film debuting in over 3,000 theaters. Hoot’s puny $3.4M bow in 3,018 sites beat out the dismal $6M launch from 3,006 theaters of 2004’s New York Minute starring the Olsen Twins for that unfortunate honor.

Another film failing to connect with kids was Buena Vista’s new soccer drama Goal! The Dream Begins which kicked off its run with a weak estimate of only $2M. The PG-rated film failed to qualify for the top ten this weekend and averaged a poor $1,989 from 1,007 locations.

Two April releases fell from the top ten this weekend. The spoof comedy Scary Movie 4 dropped 44% to an estimated $2.1M in its fifth frame. With $86.6M to date, The Weinstein Co. release looks to finish with roughly $90M which would not be far off from the $110M of its predecessor 2003’s Scary Movie 3. The Lionsgate family drama Akeelah and the Bee declined 41% to an estimated $2M in only its third turn. Cume sits at just $13.6M and should reach $16-18M.

Opening in limited release this weekend, Miramax’s family reunion comedy Keeping Up with the Steins grossed an estimated $621,000 from 138 locations for a respectable $4,500 average. The PG-13 film stars Garry Marshall, Jeremy Piven, and Daryl Hannah. The Swaziland-set drama Wah-Wah debuted in 25 theaters and grossed an estimated $57,000 for a mild $2,270 average. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, and Emily Watson, the R-rated film is distributed by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Among indie films expanding into more markets, Sony Classics grossed an estimated $1.2M from its comedy Art School Confidential after widening from 12 to 762 theaters across the country. That left the John MalkovichAnjelica Huston starrer with a pitiful $1,593 average per venue as it failed to register with moviegoers on a national level. Cume is $1.4M. Fox Searchlight expanded its Indian drama Water from 36 to 62 locations and grossed an estimated $257,000 for a $4,138 average. Total sits at $593,000 with more markets opening on Friday.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $77.7M which was down 15% from last year when Monster-in-Law opened at number one with $23.1M; and down 23% from 2004 when Troy debuted in the top spot with $46.9M.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, BoxOfficeGuru.com

Tag Cloud

MTV vampires period drama Apple Amazon Prime Super Bowl New York Comic Con Academy Awards canceled TV shows Red Carpet USA Schedule toy story Women's History Month Watching Series directors 2016 romantic comedy Star Trek Amazon Prime Video WarnerMedia TCA Awards Oscars X-Men indie Winter TV critics VOD Calendar foreign TCA Winter 2020 batman spain hollywood NYCC Mudbound finale talk show crossover CBS Animation ESPN video on demand Song of Ice and Fire versus History screenings Black History Month Bravo sag awards Shudder worst movies romance Character Guide LGBT Chernobyl Disney streaming service Mystery spinoff Elton John SundanceTV Set visit CBS All Access Discovery Channel Showtime Box Office TIFF Comics on TV name the review CW Seed child's play adventure Fall TV Trophy Talk Reality Competition Action Food Network VH1 quibi Binge Guide Esquire book elevated horror YouTube Red unscripted Stephen King HBO Max Rock indiana jones Television Critics Association Interview Travel Channel Polls and Games Christmas Starz werewolf Infographic National Geographic cops Family Spike PlayStation 72 Emmy Awards Baby Yoda GLAAD PaleyFest dceu E! Walt Disney Pictures Lifetime Christmas movies venice award winner concert 4/20 revenge blockbuster American Society of Cinematographers worst 2017 FXX Drama scorecard Cartoon Network Cannes Film dogs laika Sundance Now reviews nature Rom-Com Anna Paquin sitcom rotten remakes BET Awards reboot Best and Worst HBO cinemax green book renewed TV shows crime thriller Netflix BAFTA CNN dark Turner binge jamie lee curtis boxoffice El Rey RT21 Summer singing competition Nickelodeon miniseries Marathons Logo movies strong female leads Writers Guild of America Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt cars FX on Hulu Spectrum Originals game of thrones children's TV thriller hist comedies The Purge VICE Kids & Family chucky APB SDCC stop motion Mary Tyler Moore south america Mary Poppins Returns mutant festival Warner Bros. based on movie biography Biopics diversity Election Thanksgiving football blaxploitation dc Vudu crime drama Creative Arts Emmys zombie Universal DGA witnail sports LGBTQ richard e. Grant composers Rocky satire video mockumentary criterion comic all-time scary movies joker BET Disney Plus The Witch what to watch BBC Opinion 2020 Hear Us Out 21st Century Fox Marvel Studios Hallmark Christmas movies A24 obituary dragons cancelled TV shows Star Wars Amazon twilight TCA 2017 harry potter docudrama space Columbia Pictures Reality TBS Extras Tubi Paramount Network comics Valentine's Day Sundance documentary comiccon cooking Martial Arts TNT OWN Holidays RT History Holiday sequel Photos animated Video Games Horror Mary poppins Netflix Christmas movies free movies Teen Black Mirror Awards Tour Premiere Dates Masterpiece Hulu Turner Classic Movies Hallmark HBO Go zero dark thirty OneApp franchise social media psychological thriller MCU 24 frames First Look TCA Apple TV+ politics BBC America Television Academy IFC Films slashers 2019 Countdown Ghostbusters 20th Century Fox WGN television Superheroes DC Universe Musicals TV renewals Sci-Fi Disney Rocketman documentaries Freeform spider-man Musical Quiz serial killer best DC streaming service screen actors guild SXSW streaming The CW true crime discovery zombies natural history game show spanish language Toys Winners Heroines Tarantino Emmys Cosplay breaking bad FOX USA Network medical drama tv talk Crunchyroll Brie Larson robots IFC 71st Emmy Awards war TLC stand-up comedy latino First Reviews cancelled TV series ratings Nat Geo mission: impossible GoT Pop TV BBC One Emmy Nominations Sundance TV Pop Lucasfilm The Arrangement transformers fast and furious science fiction Pixar PBS GIFs halloween ABC 2018 Arrowverse Comic Book justice league Country See It Skip It anime nfl Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Lionsgate Marvel Epix Tomatazos AMC Ellie Kemper President Trivia San Diego Comic-Con Ovation cancelled television CMT anthology films Avengers Dark Horse Comics Lifetime sequels facebook asian-american cartoon TV police drama Marvel Television historical drama YouTube Premium Paramount MSNBC cats Superheroe Britbox Western technology A&E Adult Swim Podcast emmy awards Shondaland Endgame cancelled casting die hard Disney+ Disney Plus disaster travel teaser Amazon Studios Pride Month Comedy Syfy Grammys 007 ghosts YA adaptation Acorn TV Pirates Year in Review Mindy Kaling Comedy Central Pet Sematary TCM independent political drama doctor who ABC Family Spring TV rotten movies we love psycho a nightmare on elm street supernatural Peacock Tumblr christmas movies Apple TV Plus aliens superhero hispanic Film Festival Funimation kids Classic Film parents FX toronto Trailer Captain marvel golden globes E3 Crackle classics Fantasy 45 NBC crime Awards YouTube Disney Channel news Nominations nbcuniversal cults Certified Fresh ITV stoner dramedy DirecTV TV Land Music DC Comics festivals 2015 TruTV Fox News movie universal monsters series The Walking Dead canceled Sneak Peek spy thriller Sony Pictures theme song