Final tally favors 'Nim's' over 'Leatherheads'


After the dust cleared Monday from the weekend's boxoffice scrimmage, Universal's period football pic "Leatherheads" had been bumped down to No. 3, while Fox Walden's family fantasy "Nim's Island" floated up to the No. 2 position.

Sony's card-counting drama "21" was still No. 1 on the frame, with $15.3 million over its second weekend. But the switch in the session's second and third place rankings illustrates the occasional disconnect between Sunday's three-day estimates and Monday's official data, or boxoffice "actuals," in industry lingo.

For the George Clooney-toplined and -directed "Leatherheads" -- toting $58 million in production costs and fetching just $12.7 million in the final figures -- the rankings turnover moves profitability goalposts just a bit.

By contrast, it was a happy Monday for the team at Fox Walden, whose "Nim's" blew past Uni's pigskin pic with $13.2 million. The PG-rated kids book adaptation, starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler, outperformed prerelease expectations while attracting an audience dominated by mother-and-daughter duos.

Weekend estimates had "21" at $15.1 million, "Leatherheads" at $13.5 million and "Nim's" at $13.3 million.

"When we strategize about our estimates, we base them on historical patterns of what we believe would be comparably performing films," Uni distribution president Nikki Rocco said. "But those patterns are not fool-proof."

Fox distribution president Bruce Snyder took the snafu in stride.

"'Nim's' enjoyed a marvelous weekend," Snyder said.