'300' holds the line at No. 1 despite tough conditions

'Premonition' scores; 'Wife,' 'Silence' don't

Warner Bros. Pictures' "300" fell a steep 54% its second week in theaters, though it held on to the top spot for the second week in a row. The film, hampered by competition from the NCAA basketball tournament and winter storms in the Northeast, still brought in a strong $32.9 million to push its 10-day gross to $129.2 million.

"300" also dominated all the new releases that bowed this past weekend, though Sony Pictures' "Premonition" scored well with a $17.6 million take. By contrast, Universal Pictures' "Dead Silence" didn't scare up as much of an audience, grossing $7.8 million, and Fox Searchlight's "I Think I Love My Wife" found little boxoffice love, grossing just $5.7 million over the three-day frame.

Holding solid, Buena Vista Pictures' "Wild Hogs" hung on to the second spot. In its third weekend in theaters, the comedy grossed a solid $19.1 million, falling just 31%. The middle-age, road-trip movie has now grossed $104.2 million domestically after just 17 days in release.

In the third spot, "Premonition," in which Bullock plays a housewife whose husband dies, only to seemingly return to life the next day, drew a heavily female audience and ranked as Bullock's best opening, surpassing the $16.2 million opening of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" in 2002. Playing in 2,831 theaters, it notched a per-theater average of $6,202. However, according to CinemaScore, the movie earned an overall grade of C.

Though it pulled in to the fourth spot, "Dead Silence," directed by James Wan of "Saw" fame, trailed at some distance. It debuted in 1,805 theaters, with a per-theater average of $4,345. Its audience demographic tilted in favor of younger females, and its overall CinemaScore grade was C+.

"Wife," the romantic comedy directed by and starring Chris Rock, settled into fifth place for its bow. Playing in 1,776, it only mustered a per-theater average of $3,195.

Meanwhile, Buena Vista's kid-oriented fable "Bridge to Terabithia" demonstrated its staying power once again. It fell just 23% in its fifth weekend, grossing $5.2 million for the frame, which brought its cume to date to nearly $75 million.

Paramount Pictures' serial killer investigation "Zodiac" did not prove as resilient. In its third weekend, the gross for the Paramount/Warners production amounted to $3.3 million, a 51% decline. Its domestic purse stands at just $29.2 million.

For the weekend, the 100 films tracked by The Hollywood Reporter collected a total of $117.1 million. That was a 10% increase over the comparable weekend in 2006, which pulled in $106.4 million.

In limited release, IFC's launch of Ken Loach's Irish civil war drama, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," the Palm d'Or winner at last year's Festival de Cannes, scored $76,190 in nine theaters.

The Weinstein Co.'s launch of "Nomad" (The Warrior) proved less potent. The work of directors Sergei Bodrov, Ivan Passer and Talgat Temenov, the Kazakhstan-set historical tale attracted a miserly $14,250 in 30 theaters, for a pocket-change, per-screen average of $475.
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