CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Drama, Independent, Music & Musicals, Box Office, Fox Searchlight, Cinematical Indie, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeOn a quiet box office weekend, Mark Wahlberg and his Invincible co-stars effortlessly outdistanced the competition: The film earned about $17 million over three days, while nothing else even broke the $10 million mark. In its fourth week in release, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby took in $8 million, good enough for the second spot; finishing third was Fox Searchlight's indie dreamboat Little Miss Sunshine which, after doubling its exposure to just over 1400 screens, made about $7.5 million, pushing its total earnings to $23 million. Though we still don't know exactly how much Fox spent on the rights to the movie, it's hard to believe they're not extremely please with its success so far -- only the craziest suit could possibly have dream of something like this.
Among the films making their debuts this week, Invincible was really the only success. Beerfest opened on more screens (just short of 3000), but did disappointing business -- the Broken Lizard flick made only $6.5 million, the weekend's fourth highest total (since their stuff tends to blow up on DVD, though, they're probably not going to have to sell the house or anything). In more limited exposure, Idlewild found itself in sixth with $5.9 million, but its average of $6055/screening was easily the best in the top ten. (Oh and yeah, Snakes on a Plane stumbled badly: It dropped almost 60% to $6.4 million from a massive 3555 screens.)
Full numbers are after the jump.
1. Invincible, $17 million
2. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, $8 million
3. Little Miss Sunshine, $7.5 million
4. Accepted, $6.5 million
5. Beerfest, $6.48 million
6. Snakes on a Plane, $6.4 million
7. World Trade Center, $6.4 million
8. Step Up, $6.2 million
9. Idlewild, $5.9 million
10. Barnyard, $5.4 million