America went hog wild this weekend for Buena Vista
's ensemble comedy starring John Travolta
, Tim Allen
, Martin Lawrence
and William H. Macy
, proving once again that the nation's critics are not plugged in to what moviegoers are looking for. Skewered by reviewers, the PG-13 rated comedy Wild Hogs
grossed an astounding estimate of $38 million at the North American boxoffice, grabbing the top spot by a wide margin.
The other openings this weekend -- those with much better reviews -- had more trouble luring audiences. Paramount
managed a decent second place opening, grossing an estimated $13.1 million in more than 2,000 theaters. But Paramount
Vantage's edgy Southern tale about sin and redemption, Black Snake Moan
, struggled with an estimated $4 million bow in more than 1,200 playdates.
Overall, though, the strength of Hogs
put the boxoffice in an up position compared to last year at this time, when Warner Bros.
Pictures bowed 16 Blocks
to $11.8 million and Sony
to $9 million. In fact, the Top 10 was up a strong 30% compared to last year.
The majority of the holdovers held up well this frame. Sony Pictures' Ghost Rider
, which had been in the top spot for the past two weeks, dropped an estimated 43% in its third session, earning an additional $11.5 million. The Nicolas Cage
-actioner has now grossed $94.8 million at the boxffice, with Sony expecting it to reach the coveted $100 million mark next week.
Buena Vista's family film Bridge to Terabithia
also continued to perform strongly. In 20 additional locations, the PG-rated movie from Walden Media grossed an estimated $8.6 million, for a 40% drop, putting its three-week cume at $57.9 million.DreamWorks
, released by Paramount, also managed a strong hold despite the direct competition from Hogs
and its urban skew with star Martin Lawrence. In 2,827 locations, the Eddie Murphy
-starring comedy earned an estimated $6.4 million, for an impressive 34% drop. The PG-13 rated comedy has grossed close to $83 million in four weeks and should get to $100 million easily.
Warner Bros. Pictures' romantic comedy Music & Lyrics
also seems to be holding its own, likely due to the lack of competition in that genre. Grossing an estimated $4.9 million for the three-day period, the Hugh Grant-Drew Barrymore starrer has earned close to $40 million.New Line
Cinema's The Number 23
had a harder time luring audiences.