Warner Bros. Pictures' "300" fell a precipitous 56% in its second weekend in release, but with an estimated $127 million in boxoffice receipts after only 10 days, the CG-heavy spectacle had one soft landing, remaining at No. 1 overall for the frame with an estimated $31 million.
Hollywood's new releases had more trouble gaining traction at the North American boxoffice.
Sony Pictures' Sandra Bullock starrer Premonition grossed solidly, with an estimated $18 million for a third-place finish, but Fox Searchlight had difficulty luring in Chris Rock fans for his second directorial effort, I Think I Love My Wife; the remake of the French comedy Chloe in the Afternoon grossed an estimated $5.7 million, good for fifth place.
Still, the boxoffice held off last year at this time by a solid 10% margin. The top 12 films grossed an estimated $102.4 million for the frame compared with $92.7 million last year, when Warners bowed V for Vendetta.
Meanwhile, Buena Vista Pictures wins the title of lowest drops for the frame with both of its top-10 pictures. The road-trip comedy Wild Hogs fell close to 32% its third weekend in release to earn the No. 2 slot.; the ensemble featuring John Travolta, William H. Macy, Martin Lawrence and Tim Allen has crossed the coveted $100 million mark with an estimated $104 million overall.
Even more impressively, Walden Media's Bridge to Terabithia fell just 24% in its fifth weekend. The family-friendly film finished sixth for the frame, grossing an additional $5.1 million to put its cume at $74.9 million. Terabithia is on track to outgross Walden's previous film, Charlotte's Web, which topped out this year at $82 million.
Paramount Pictures might have had some tough luck with its two most recent openings.
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