Monday, December 11, 2006

Weekend Box Office -- "Apocalypto" #1

Box Office Prophets names "Apocalypto" the #1 movie of the weekend, which is a success for Mel Gibson. Variety says it was a very popular date movie and that older women liked it most of all, which jibes with the experience of Popsurfer Julie Ann Brown, who wnet to see it with her husband and enjoyed herself. But they also point out that this is a far cry from the $83 million opening weekend for "The Passion Of The Christ." But frankly, comparing anything to "The Passion" is crazy; that was a unique phenomenon. Roger Friedman of also belittles this movie's opening, comparing it to Gibson's other films. (That item is cut down to make room for convincing praise of Clint Eastwood's "Letters From Iwo Jima." But since he directs and doesn't star and the film is in Mayan with no names in it, I think being #1 at the box office is still remarkable. Since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" had only two weekends where it hit $10+ million, I believe the $14 million take of "Apocalypto" has the record for the highest grossing weekend for a subtitled film in history after "The Passion." The Top 10, per BOP.

1. Apocalypto -- $14.2 million
2. The Holiday -- $13.5 million
3. Happy Feet -- $12.7 million ($137.7 million total)
4. Casino Royale -- $8.8 million ($128.9 million total)
5. Blood Diamond -- $8.5 million
6. Unaccompanied Minors -- $6.2 million
7. Deja Vu -- $6.1 millio ($53 million total)
8. The Nativity Story -- $5.6 million ($15.8 million total)
9. Deck The Halls -- $3.9 million ($30.1 million total)
10. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause -- $3.3 million ($77.2 million total)

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