For the second Super Bowl weekend in a
row, Sony/Screen Gems scored big with an anonymous horror remake. When a Stranger Calls
"courtesy screened" for online critics – meaning most of us couldn't get a review up early enough to
get any kind of negative meme going – and most
were unimpressed; Frank Scheck at the Hollywood Reporter
speaks for many when he says the
film "[is] designed to capitalize on the title and premise of the original but offers little to those who fondly
remember it." But take a look at the competition: shrugworthy holdovers from earlier weeks dominated the top five,
with Big Momma's House 2
and Nanny McPhee
landing at number two and three. The biggest box office news
of the weekend comes, once again, from Brokeback Mountain
. Focus took the Best Picture frontrunner up to 2,000
screens, allowing the cowboy romance to ride its eight Oscar nominations all the way up to fourth place. The film has
made (and this is not a typo) almost $60 million thus far. Full top ten after the jump.
1. "When a Stranger Calls," $22 million.
2. "Big Momma's House 2," $13.35
3. "Nanny McPhee," $9.9 million.
4. "Brokeback Mountain," $5.7
5. "Hoodwinked," $5.3 million.
6. "Underworld Evolution," $5.1
7. "Something New," $5 million.
8. "Annapolis," $3.5 million.
"Walk the Line," $3.4 million.
10. "Glory Road," $3 million.