The X Factor Ticket-sales Fall-off
Ticket sales for X-Men Origins Wolverine fell off more steeply on Sunday than 20th Century Fox executives had expected. The result was that the movie ended up with a total of $85.1 million versus the $87 million that the studio had estimated. The result also meant that the overall box-office finished a tad behind the comparable week last year, when Iron Man opened with $98.6 million, making it only the third week this year that sales were not significantly above last year's. Coming in second was the debuting romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past , starring Matthew McConaughey, which took in $15.4 million. The only other film to open wide, Battle for Terra 3-D , took in just $1.1 million, to open twelfth.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1 . X-men Origins Wolverine , 20th Century Fox, $85,058,003, (New) ); 2. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past , Warner Bros., $15,411,434, (New) ); 3. Obsessed, Sony, $12,052,151, 2 Wks. ($46,854,485); 4. 17 Again , Warner Bros., $6,361,358, 3 Wks. ($48,503,817); 5. Monsters Vs. Aliens , Paramount, $5,803,429, 6 Wks. ($182,407,971); 6. The Soloist, Paramount, $5,654,558, 2 Wks. ($18,162,696); 7. Earth, Disney, $4,340,235, 2 Wks. ($22,004,284); 8. Hannah Montana The Movie , Disney, $4,164,185, 4 Wks. ($70,946,323); 9. Fighting , Universal, $4,011,465, 2 Wks. ($17,344,805); 10. State of Play, Universal, $3,715,980, 3 Wks. ($30,944,180).