CATEGORIES New Releases, Box Office, Movies, UK Box Office, New Releases, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeWhat to make of Twilight's $70.5 million bow? Well, it's not quite Harry Potter, whose first-weekend outings have ranged from $77 million to $102. But when you consider that Twilight is basically a niche film -- certainly it has a lot less cross-demographic appeal than Harry Potter -- its success starts to seem pretty remarkable. Are there any teenage girls who didn't see it this weekend? And what will happen to it next weekend? All the fans may have seen Twilight already -- then again, many of the die-hards may grace it with repeat viewings. Given the incessant shrieking at the screening I attended, that wouldn't surprise me.
Disney's Bolt didn't take despite favorable reviews. The studio continues to have trouble getting its non-Pixar animated features off the ground as tentpoles. Its best go was Chicken Little three years ago; Bolt looks to land about on par with Meet the Robinsons. Disappointing.
What else. Quantum of Solace remains on track to be the top-grossing Bond film of all time. Just below the top 10, Slumdog Millionaire is riding a deserved wave of great word-of-mouth to a $31,000 per-screen average on 32 screens. It'll continue to expand in the coming weeks, and should hit the top 10 before long.
The full estimates after the jump.
1 - Twilight (Summit) - $70.55 ($20,636) - $70.55
2 - Quantum of Solace (Sony) - $27.40 ($7,924) - $109.48
3 - Bolt (Disney) - $27.00 ($7,395) - $27.00
4 - Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $16.00 ($3,993) - $137.45
5 - Role Models (Universal) - $7.23 ($2,645) - $48.04
6 - Changeling (Universal) - $2.64 ($1,520) - $31.61
7 - High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Disney) - $2.01 ($850) - $86.82
8 - Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Weinstein) - $1.70 ($1,393) - $29.35
9 - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Miramax) - $1.67 ($4,121) - $2.65
10 - The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight) - $1.28 ($1,164) - $35.65
Next week is the big 5-day Thanksgiving weekend. Australia, Four Christmases and Transporter 3 will go wide. Milk will open in limited release. Buzz on Australia hasn't been great, and I'm not sure how much muscle Four Christmases has. We might see another Twilight win.