The Jonases did kick the crap out of the aging, ailing Street Fighter franchise, the latest installment of which opened to a powerful $4.65 million (albeit on around 1200 screens). The best part is that, though Fox declined to screen the film for the press (junketeers excepted, natch), it scheduled midnight shows for the film around the country. I was required to attend last Thursday night, and I was one of five people in the theater. Interest in the film may have been wildly overestimated.
The whiffs from Jonas and Street Fighter (relative from Jonas; absolute from Street Fighter) allowed Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail another week atop the box office, despite the hefty 60% second weekend drop typical of the Perry franchise. With a total gross of nearly $65 million, Madea Goes to Jail is already the most lucrative Tyler Perry movie ever.
Slumdog Millionare, fresh off its Best Picture win and in its 16th week of release, expanded to nearly 3000 screens and rose to a best-yet #3 at the box office; it's grossed $115 million, though now we can probably expect it to start slowing down at last. The terrific Taken, which fell a mere 11% in its fifth week of release, is starting to look like a genuine sleeper smash. And I'm happy to see that the seriously underrated Fired Up! actually held up sort of okay after its middling 9th place debut last week, dropping 30% and sticking around the top 10.
1 - Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (Lionsgate) - $40.12 ($20,236) - $40.12
2 - Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (Disney) - $12.70 ($9,992) - $12.70
3 - Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) - $12.15 ($4,128) - $115.15
4 - Taken (Fox) - $9.95 ($3,221) - $107.88
5 - He's Just Not That Into You (New Line) - $5.88 ($2,056) - $78.53
6 - Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Sony) - $5.60 ($2,076) - $128.11
7 - Coraline (Focus) - $5.25 ($2,546) - $61.15
8 - Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li - $4.65 ($4,093) - $4.65
9 - Confessions of a Shopaholic (Buena Vista) - $4.49 ($1,772) - $33.66
10 - Fired Up (Screen Gems) - $3.80 ($2,098) - $10.14
Next week: Watchmen! Anyone want to venture an opening weekend guess? I feel like being tapped into the geek community distorts my perspective on this. I'm going with $55 million.