Even with receipts slashed by more than 50 percent, "Scary Movie 3" worked the Halloween angle enough to keep the top spot at the box office for a second consecutive week. The horror spoof scared up an estimated $21.1 million, bringing its 10-day total to more than $78 million.
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After pulling in nearly $50 million in its opening weekend, "Scary Movie 3" is on track to revive the series after a lackluster "Scary Movie 2," but new director David Zucker ("Airplane!") might rethink releasing next year’s "Scary Movie 4" so close to Halloween. According to the Hollywood Reporter, when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday, box-office receipts suffer, as this year when Friday’s numbers were down more than 40 percent compared with last year, when Halloween fell on a Thursday.
Moviegoers came out in force on Saturday, though, helping "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" carve out some decent numbers despite losing another 25 percent in audience share. The remake of the horror classic landed in third with an estimated $10.9 million, bumping up its total to date to $66.1 million.
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But perhaps studios can just take the example of Disney’s warm and fuzzy G-rated family cartoon "Brother Bear," which avoided the Halloween sinkhole and bucked tradition by opening wide on Saturday. The move proved smart as "Bear" had a strong second-place showing with $18.5 million over two days, according to studio estimates.
Real-life story "Radio," starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, had another good week, with an estimated $10.2 million to land in fourth place, bringing its 10-day total to $26.8 million. The film could help revive the commercial prospects of Gooding, who, despite winning an Oscar in 1996 for his memorable turn in "Jerry Maguire," has recently starred in a series of critical and commercial duds such as "Boat Trip" and "Snow Dogs."
Angelina Jolie’s "Beyond Borders" continued on its pace to being one of her most disappointing projects to date at the box office, losing 50 percent of its audience and grossing just over $1 million in its second week. And, in its first week of wide release, Meg Ryan’s "In the Cut" made just over $2 million, but finished shy of the top 10. The anniversary edition of "Alien: The
Director’s Cut" brought in a shade over $1 million in 347 theaters in its first week of re-release.
Rounding out the top 10 are "Runaway Jury" at #5 with $6.8 million; "Mystic River" at #6 with $6.2 million; "Kill Bill" at #7 with $4.7 million; "School of Rock" at #8 with $4.4 million; "Intolerable Cruelty" at #9 with $2.6 million and "Good Boy!" at #10 with $2.5 million. All together, box-office sales were down nine percent from the same weekend a year ago.