CATEGORIES Animation, Comedy, Drama, Independent, Box Office, Family Films, Remakes and Sequels, Cinematical Indie, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeOver the religious -- and apparently spoof-filled -- holiday weekend, Scary Movie 4 destroyed the box office competition, taking in $41 million, more than twice that of Ice Age: The Meltdown, its nearest competition. Despite the impressive numbers, however, that total is actually down from the opening weekend of Scary Movie 3, which means that, if the returns for each film in the series decrease at a similar rate, producers will only get worried at about installment #10 (and yes, number five is already being planned). Though it stayed strong in the second spot with $20 million earned for the weekend, Ice Age 2 was down over 40% for the second week running, and looks to be starting what may be a rapid slide down the rankings. In third place this weekend was The Benchwarmers, whose $10 million meant that it just out-earned The Wild, which made a dismal $9.6 million in its opening weekend. Rounding out the top five was Take the Lead which, though down about 45% from last weekend's earnings, still took in $6.7 million.
Notable among the also-rans was the Jennifer Aniston-starrer Friends with Money, which made $805,000 on only 42 screens (an incredible $19,166/screen), which was good enough for 15th place place for the weekend, well above a slew of films with far greater exposure. Full numbers are after the jump.
1. Scary Movie 4, $41 million
2. Ice Age: The Meltdown, $20 million
3. The Benchwarmers, $10 million
4. The Wild, $9.6 million
5. Take the Lead, $6.7 million
6. Inside Man, $6.3 million
7. Lucky Number Slevin, $4.6 million
8. Thank You for Smoking, $4.5 million
9. Failure to Launch, $2.6 million
10. V for Vendetta, $2.2 million