Box Office Confounds Analysts
Analysts were left scratching their heads Monday as weekend box office figures showed Paramount's Failure to Launch topping the list with $24.4 million -- well above of forecasts -- while Disney's The Shaggy Dog came in second with $16.3 million, well below forecasts. Steven Mallas of the financial website Motley Fool said about the Shaggy results: "It's certainly not an abject miss, but I can't quite call The Shaggy Dog a bona fide hit. It could go on to become a sleeper, but I was nevertheless looking for a bigger bark at the box office." One other newcomer performed about as expected, coming in at No. 3. The horror film The Hills Have Eyes from Fox Searchlight took in $15.7 million In fourth place, the second week of Warner Bros.' 16 Blocks settled for $7.4 million, while the fifth spot was held by Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, which had held the lead during the previous two weeks. It drew $5.7 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by
Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to
1. Failure to Launch, Paramount, $24,411,322, (New); 2. The Shaggy Dog, Disney, $16,310,058, (New); 3. The Hills Have Eyes, Fox Searchlight, $15,708,512, (New); 4. 16 Blocks, Warner Bros., $7,411,016, 2 Wks. ($22,808,568); 5. Madea's Family Reunion, Lionsgate, $5,749,355, 3 Wks. ($55,703,144); 6. Eight Below, Disney, $5,552,540, 4 Wks. ($66,564,664); 7. Aquamarine, 20th Century Fox, $3,858,072, 2 Wks. ($12,373,367); 8. Ultraviolet, Sony, $3,681,448, 2 Wks. ($14,832,858); 9. The Pink Panther, Sony, $3,650,306, 5 Wks. ($74,653,310); 10. Date Movie, 20th Century Fox, $2,525,111, 4 Wks. ($44,289,381).