The Box-Office Top Five
The box office took a bit of a breather this weekend, and no film managed to crack $20 million or knock down Tyler Perry, not even "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience." After a lot of hype and anticipation, the Jonas Brothers' solo debut fell a bit flat, opening at #2 with only $12.7 million. That's a long way from last year's "Hannah Montana/
The #1 spot belonged to "Madea Goes to Jail" once again, as the comedy took in another $16.5 million. While it experienced a 60 percent drop in ticket sales from last weekend, its total gross of $64.8 million in just 10 days is Perry's career best.
"Slumdog Millionaire" enjoyed a Best Picture boost, taking the #3 spot after adding several hundred theaters to its theatrical run this Friday and earning $12.2 million. With the highest weekend gross of a Best Picture winner in 10 years, the movie's total gross is now $115.1 million, which puts it at #2 on the "Movies That Still Were Making Tons of Money After 10 Weeks in Theaters" list. ("Titanic" is still #1.)
In its fifth week of release, "Taken" dropped to #4, bringing in $9.95 million and a total of $107.9 million. After a sharp post-Valentine's Day drop, "He's Just Not That Into You" held on at #5 with $5.88 million for a total of $78.5 million. Despite the drop in their totals, both holdovers still managed to beat out this weekend's critically slammed newcomer, "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li." The video game adaptation debuted at #8 with a mere $4.7 million.
Two new thrillers also had a quiet and limited debut, with neither managing to crack the top 10. Edward Burns' thriller "Echelon Conspiracy" opened in only 400 locations to gross $554,126, which isn't too surprising, but the fate of Harrison Ford's "Crossing Over" is really rather sad. Former box-office champ Ford's independent turn opened in only nine theaters to a mere $75,600. Compare that to Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino," which had a limited debut of six theaters and a gross of $271,720, or Mickey Rourke's "The Wrestler," which brought in $202,714 at four locations.
There's only one new movie on the slate for next weekend: "Watchmen." All other releases have fled, which leaves the weekend wide open for Zack Snyder's highly anticipated comic adaptation.
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