Neither Life as We Know It, Secretariat nor My Soul to Take were a match for last week’s top film, The Social Network. It took just a 30.9% hit in its second week, adding another $15 million to the bank putting it just shy of its $50 million budget with a total of $46.1 million.
Snagging the second spot is one of the week’s newcomers, Life as We Know It. It kicked off its run with $14.6 million in 3,150 theaters with a $4,646 per theater average. Following right behind is another first-timer, Secretariat with $12.6 million. Both Secretariat and Life as We Know It are actually in quite similar positions having to stay hopeful that they can hold on long enough to earn back their $35 and $38 million budgets respectively.
Dropping 35.6% in its third week is Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. The film is still a ways away from its $80 million budget, but is continuing on a modest decline, pulling in $7 million this weekend. Unfortunately higher 3D ticket prices didn’t give Wes Craven’s latest much of a boost. My Soul to Take opened in 2,572 theaters, but only managed to make $6.9 million with a mere $2,690 per theater average.
Coming in at #6 is The Town, which added $6.4 million to the bank in week four, bringing its grand total to $73.8 million. Just missing out on the sixth position is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which dropped a hefty 53.8% in week three, taking in $4.6 million. The #8 spot went to Easy A and its $4.2 million. Screen Gems must be pretty pleased with this one already having made $48.1 after four weeks on an $8 million budget. Next up is Case 39 with $2.6 million in week two and, lastly, You Again with $2.5 million in its third week.
It’s likely a given that this week’s top two will lose their spots to next weekend’s new wide releases. Between Red’s 3,000 theaters and its all-star cast and Jackass 3D’s jacked ticket prices and devoted fans, both could break the $20 million mark if not more. However, of the two, I’d say Jackass 3D is the surer thing.
As for limited releases we’ve got the documentary I Want Your Money opening in 500 theaters, Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter hitting six and the Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell starrer, Conviction arriving in ten.
By Perri Nemiroff (via Box Office Mojo)