As the summer movie season draws to a close, a few studios decided to clean out their closets over the weekend, unceremoniously dropping three bombs (one of them beyond "Gigli" proportions) and allowing "Freddy Vs. Jason" to stay at #1, even with a 63 percent drop from its opening weekend.
The horror icon match-up easily topped the box office, taking in $13.4 million, according to studio estimates, making it the first movie to hold onto #1 for two consecutive weekends since May's "X2: X-Men United."
The fact that "Freddy Vs. Jason" has now earned more than $61.4 million in just two weeks of release — far more than the last installments of the "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises combined — would seem to make recent talk of a sequel that much more assured (see "Freddy Krueger Eyes Prequels and Sequels, Has Lara Croft Fantasies").
Despite being headlined by major television stars, a couple of dusty comedies, both shot more than two years ago, were major disappointments for their respective studios. The Lisa Kudrow/ Damon Wayans comedy "Marci X," about a young Jewish woman who takes over her father's gangsta rap label, was the weekend's biggest failure, landing at #15 with just $865,000. Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid fared better with "My Boss's Daughter," but the film still only barely cracked the top 10 with a $5 million opening.
Like "Marci X" and "My Boss's Daughter," "The Medallion" started shooting back in 2001 and was just now released. The Jackie Chan action comedy was #5 with $8.2 million — one of the lowest debuts for a Chan film in years and roughly half of what last year's "The Tuxedo" made during its opening weekend.
Overall, box-office receipts for the weekend's top 10 films were down 36 percent from last weekend, though up 13 percent from last year.
The rest of the weekend's top 10 includes a top four that looks exactly like last week's: "S.W.A.T." at #2, this time with $10.8 million (driving its three-week total past $88 million); Kevin Costner's "Open Range" at #3 with $9.4 million ($29.2 million over two weeks); and "Freaky Friday" at #4 with $9.4 million ($74.5 million, three weeks).
The #6 position belonged to "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," one of the year's biggest success stories, which made an additional $7.3 million over the weekend. The swashbuckling Disney film has made $261 million in seven weeks of release.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10: "Seabiscuit" at #7 with $6.3 million ($93.1 million, five weeks); Brittany Murphy's "Uptown Girls," dropping more than 50 percent from its opening weekend total, at #8 with $5.6 million ($22.3 million, two weeks); and "American Wedding" at #9 with $5.5 million ($90.6 million, four weeks).
"Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" fell from the top 10 for the first time since it was released, landing at #11 with $3 million ($102.4 million, five weeks), while "Bad Boys II" was #12 with $2.1 million ($132.3 million, six weeks).