Sunday, July 05, 2009

BOX OFFICE: Ice Age at #1, Transformers Reach $600 mil, and more

School's only been out for a week and children have already begun to rule the box office, giving Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs the #1 spot with a total of $67 mil in its first weekend. Not bad for a second sequel. But even though it nudged Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen down to the #2, it doesn't overshadow the fact that the metal smackdown has grossed nearly $600 million worldwide in just two weeks. In-sane! I'd recommend it though. The fight scenes, Shia screaming like a little girl, and newcomer Ramon Rodriguez as his roommate are worth the hefty ticket price. Another must-see is Public Enemies. Perhaps the 4th of July weekend wasn't the best release date, since it only grossed $41 mil for a movie boasting Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in the leads, but throw in a few rainy days and future DVD sales and it'll soon get the respect it deserves.

The Proposal maintains a steady position in the top 5 at #4 with $94 mil, while The Hangover settles at #5 with $204 mil. Up, Ice Age's main competition, descends to #6 with $265 mil, while Night at the Museum 2 teeters at #10 with $362 mil worldwide. Rounding out the top 10 are My Sister's Keeper at #7 with $26 mil, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 at #8 with $58 mil, and Year One already on its way out at #9 with $38 mil. Suffering the most in ticket sales this weekend was Nia Vardalos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding fame, who failed to recreate the magic with her former costar in her third writing (and first directing) credit I Hate Valentine's Day, only grossing half a million dollars abroad. Ouch! She might start hating the fourth of July too.

Meanwhile, Star Trek retired from the top 10 after 9 weeks with $374 mil worldwide, while Sam Mendes' Away We Go dropped out with a respectable $6 mil from only 500 theaters. Next week, Sacha Baron Cohen brings his public displays of humiliation to a climax when Bruno hits theaters; Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes") sheds her self-respect when she uses her naked body to seduce teenagers into seeing the adaptation of I Love You, Beth Cooper; and the comedic indie Humpday takes bromances to the next level.

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