‘Chihuahua’ Takes Box Office Biscuit
Filmgoers like dogs it seems as Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua captured the box office crown this weekend. According to estimates from Box Office Mojo, the film took in an impressive $29,000,000.
Other first-timers include Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Kat Dennings and Michael Cera, bowing in the number three slot with $12,000,000. The mean spirited political satire, American Carol, took in just $3,810,000, good for ninth place. Right behind it was Lionsgate’s Religulous which earned $3,500,000. The more limited release of Greg Kinner’s Flash of Genius grabbed just $2,328,000 but had the more impressive per screen average of $2120.
Eagle Eye, despite poor reviews, had a below average sophomore week dip of just 39.3%, earning $17, 700,000 pushing its total to $54,605,000. Warner’s Nights in Rodanthe had a sharper slip of 45.2%, bringing in just $7,355,000.
Appaloosa, going into wide release, earned $5,015,000, totaling $5,570,000. The buddy western, based on Robert B. Parker’s novel, got reasonable reviews and adapting the sequel is already on the drawing board.
The variety of movies is wider than it has been in months and people seemed to spread across the genres. Comedy seems to be ruling over drama and romance as people seek a distraction from the tumultuous economy and presidential campaign.
Having said that, not every comedy has clicked with audiences. The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading continues to chug along while Paramount’s Ghost Town hasn’t a ghost of a chance of earning back its $20 million budget through domestic release. After three weeks, it has earned a paltry.
Another disappointment has to be The Women, the tepid remake of the classic female ensemble film. It sank to 22nd place, behind The Dark Knight (yes, still in theatres and still raking in the bucks — $525,833,000 and counting), bringing in only $795,000 on over 1000 screens.
In the coming weeks, a flurry of horror films will be opening to capitalize on Halloween while other films, such as The Duchess, go wide. Oscar contenders will start to turn up as well, beginning with Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies, providing additional depth and distraction.