'Glory' be to comedy kings, 'Robinsons' animated in 2nd
B.o. down 10% from comparable frame in '06The icemen cometh at the North American boxoffice this week as Will Ferrell and Jon Leder, outfitted as a comically paired figure skating team, took home the gold. Continuing Ferrell's current hot streak, "Blades of Glory," a DreamWorks production released through Paramount Pictures, copped the top spot, pulling in $33 million in 3,372 theaters — a rousing $9,791 per-theater average.
It wasn't Ferrell's biggest opening ever. That stat belongs to last summer's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," which bowed to $47 million. But the "Blades" opening registered higher than both "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy," another DreamWorks comedy, which bowed to $28.4 million, and New Line Cinema's "Elf," which opened to $31.1 million in 2003.
Buena Vista's animated "Meet the Robinsons" took a solid second place with its opening haul of $25.1 million. Directed by Stephen J. Anderson and based on the book by William Joyce, the family-friendly adventure opened in 3,413 theaters for a per-theater average of $7,361. It displayed its most moxie in those engagements that had been outfitted to play the feature in 3-D. It took in $7.1 million on the 581 3-D screens on which it played, where it grossed more than 2.6 times per screen what the traditional 2-D engagements attracted.
Miramax Films' "The Lookout" didn't quite reach wide-release status — it opened in 955 theaters. And it didn't quite make the top 10 either, settling for 11th place. Writer Scott Frank's directorial debut — a heist film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt — took in just over $2 million.
The weekend as a whole saw a decline in business from the comparable weekend in 2006, when 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: The Meltdown" warmed up the boxoffice with a commanding $68 million. Over this past weekend, the 104 films tracked by the Hollywood Reporter collectively grossed $127.4 million. That represented a 10% drop from the parallel weekend in 2006, which drew in $142.1 million.
Among the weekend's holdovers, Warner Bros. Pictures' "300" continued to demonstrate its muscle. The Spartan tale fell just 42% from the previous weekend as it took in another $11.4 million, bringing its domestic gross-to-date to $179.9 million and putting it on track to crest the $200 million mark.
Buena Vista's comedy "Wild Hogs" continued to tool along the open road. Moving from fourth to fifth place, it grabbed another $8.7 million, bringing its purse to $135.6 million.
Warners' animated "TMNT," the previous weekend's top grosser, slipped to fourth place, picking up $9.2 million to bring its tally to $38.5 million.
Paramount Pictures' thriller "Shooter," starring Mark Wahlberg, continued to draw a bead. In sixth place, it picked off $8.4 million. It's 10-day gross stands at $27.6 million.
"TMNT" and "Shooter" both showed more staying power than the other sophomore entries like Fox Atomic's "The Hills Have Eyes II," Sony Pictures' "Reign Over Me" and New Line's "The Last Mimzy," which slumped to eighth, ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Meanwhile, in limited release, Fox Searchlight's "The Namesake," from director Mira Nair, added 120 theaters, bringing its theater count to 237. It consequently moved up the list from 15th place to 12th as it collected a tidy $1.5 million, which brings its balance to date to $4.6 million.
IFC Films opened Susanne Bier's family drama "After the Wedding" on five screens. A nominee for the best foreign-language feature Academy Award, "Wedding" drew $47,311 in its opening session.
Milestone Film launched Charles Burnett's 1977 film "Killer of Sheep" in two theaters in New York. The film, which had never been previously released commercially, scored a solid $31,266.