The Box Office Top Five
#1 "3:10 to Yuma" ($14.1 million)
#2 "Halloween" ($10 million)
#3 "Superbad" ($8 million)
#4 "Balls of Fury" ($5.7 million)
#5 "The Bourne Ultimatum" ($5.5 million)
"All aboard!" Audiences this weekend joined Russell Crowe and Christian Bale on the first train to Oscar season as their "3:10 to Yuma" gunned down all competitors to come out number one with $14.1 million.
Well, look: It ain't exactly a shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. Only three Westerns in history have ever earned more than $100 million at the domestic box office, and two of those ("Unforgiven" and "Dances with Wolves") had the benefit of winning Best Picture. (The other one, "Maverick," had the benefit of Mel Gibson).
But if the competition among Westerns is somewhat weak commercially, that's nothing compared to the other new releases this weekend, which made "All the Pretty Horses" look like Billy the Kid.
Opening in over 2,000 theaters, Michael Davis' cartoon-y "Shoot 'Em Up" fell like Wile E. Coyote over the edge of a cliff. The Clive Owen actioner featured over-the-top gunplay pushed to absurd levels, but audiences stayed away. The MTV fave opened in sixth place with only $5.5 million.
That was still 10 times as much as "The Brothers Solomon," the new comedy from Will Forte and Will Arnett. The flick about two brothers who hope to father a child for their dying pop, "Brothers" opened to only $525,000 in 700 theaters, slightly more than "Ratatouille" (11th week) and less than "Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón."
In its second week, "Halloween" fell a scary 61 percent to come in second place with $10 million. Rounding out the top five were "Superbad," "Balls of Fury" and "The Bourne Ultimatum."
How'd We Do?
It's like "High Noon" over here every week, with each of our box-office prognosticators gunning for the others (see "Christian Bale And Russell Crowe Face Clive Owen In Box-Office Showdown: Projection Booth"). Although both MTV staffers and celebrity guest Ethan Suplee overshot the mark with their predictions of $20 million-plus, movies editor Josh Horowitz was close enough to win the weekend, tying Larry Carroll one-tenth of the way through our season. Take 10 paces and turn ... these are our marks.
Prognosticator (Weeks Won)
Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies editor (2)
Larry Carroll, MTV News writer (2)
Celebrity guest (1)
Jodie Foster gets aid, Viggo Mortensen gets made, Seann William Scott gets played and Harry Potter gets, er, intimate in movie theaters next weekend with the release of "The Brave One," "Eastern Promises," "Mr. Woodcock" and "December Boys." Also opening in limited release is "In the Valley of Elah," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron.
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