Box-Office Brief: Death dominates Valentine’s Day weekend

Posted on 15 February 2009 by Quaid

The throwdown for Boxoffice Valentine’s Day King is over with Jason Voorhees (or some approximation of him) hacking the competition to death with a machete.  Because nothing says “love” like drunk, annoying campers being impaled.

friday_maskThe horror reboot Friday the 13th pulled in an astounding estimated $42.2 million this weekend to easily clench the number one boxoffice spot.  This means one thing and one thing only.  We are going to get numerous sequels over the next few years, each of them desperately searching for new ways to dispense with dumb teenagers.  

Distant second was another Warner Brothers release, He’s Just Not that Into You, with $19.6 million.  The romantic comedy dropped only 29% from last weekend and managed to valiantly beat out Disney’s female-geared Confessions of a Shopaholic, which premiered in the fourth spot with a respectable $15.4 million.

In third place was Fox’s thriller Taken with $19.3 million.  The Liam Neeson led picture is showing surprisingly strong legs, dropping only 6% from last weekend.  It has grossed $77.9 million in its 3-week run.

Rounding out the top five was the stop-motion eye feast Coraline.  Good word of mouth has helped this one.  It dropped only 9% from last weekend and grossed $15.3 million for the weekend.  

The rest of the top ten included…
6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, $11.7 million
7. The International, $10 million
8. Pink Panther 2, $9 million
9. Slumdog Millionaire, $7.2 million
10. Push, $6.9 million

So, it looks like audiences weren’t chomping at the bit to see the evil bank political thriller, after all.  And it’s good to see Slumdog Millionaire getting a big bump from its Oscar nomination as well as growing word-of-mouth.  

Until next time, make sure to take advantage of those student and senior discounts.                              

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