For the first time in recent memory a film co-starring two 70-year-olds has topped the box office. The Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, scooped up $19.4 million in its first week of wide release by attracting a mostly older audience. The film's success was especially surprising given a chorus of negative reviews for it when it was originally released. Overall the box office was up 4.1 percent over the comparable weekend a year ago, tallying $108.8 million for the top 12 films, according to box-office trackers Media By Numbers.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. The Bucket List, Warner Bros., $19,392,416, 4 Wks, $20,816,129; 2. First Sunday, Sony Screen Gems, $17,714,821, (New); 3. Juno, Fox Searchlight, $13,612,682, 6 Wks., $70,862,478; 4. National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Disney, $11,302,002, 4 Wks, $187,114,947; 5. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fox, $9,302,895, 5 Wks., $187,943,374; 6. I Am Legend, Warner Bros., $8,179,610, 5 Wks., $240,283,451; 7. One Missed Call, Warner Bros., $5,981,373, 2 Wks., $20,493,337; 8. P.S. I Love You, Warner Bros., $4,827,212, 4 Wks., $46,830,324; 9. The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie, Universal, $4,251,320, (New); 10. Atonement, Focus, $4,221,866, 6 Wks., $25,130,656.