Box-Office Brief: Knowing obliterates the competition.

Posted on 22 March 2009 by Quaid

Well, Nick Cage has had a bit of a rough ride the last few years, but with Alex Proyas’ Knowing it seems the aging actor is back on top.  The film, released by Summit, grossed $24.7 million for the weekend easily beating newcomers I Love You, Man and Duplicity.

knowing3Neither of those films did too shappy, though.  The John Hamburg directed I Love You, Man grossed an adequate $18 million dollars, proving that Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are supporting players no more.

Duplicity, the spy comedy starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, grossed $14.4 million, not too bad, all things considered.  This is Tony Gilroy’s follow up to his directorial debut, Michael Clayton, and the movie seems to be skewing heavily female and drawing older crowds.  I’d guess that means it will have fairly solid legs in the coming weeks.

i_love_you_manFourth was the holdover Race To Witch Mountain which brought in $13 million, a very respectable 47% drop from last week.  And Warner Brothers’ Watchmen rounded out the top five with $6.7 million, a depressing 62% drop from last week.  The tentpole film must be disappointing for Warners as it has yet to cross the $100 million mark.  Look for it to do so sometime this week, though.

The Last House on the Left dropped 58% to gross $5.9 million and come in at number six.  The pic has grossed $24 million in two weeks.  

And Taken is still hanging around the top ten, coming in at number seven with $4.1 million–fantastic considering the sleeper-ish hit has been in theaters for eight weeks now.

duplicity_21Slumdog Millionaire is at number eight.  The Oscar Winner has become the underdog of the year, pulling in a total of $137.2 million. This weekend it made $2.7 million.

And rounding out the top ten were Madea Goes to Jail and Coraline, pulling in $2.5 and $2.1 million respectively.  Coraline’s staying power is due to its 3D exhibition, no doubt, and I hope the movie keeps racking in moderate sums of money for a few more weeks.  Once again, see it before it leaves theaters if you haven’t done so.

That is all for this week.  Tune in next time.                           

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