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Paramount's Shrek the Third left a big footprint Friday as the DreamWorks Animation film scared up an estimated $38.1 million on its first day of release to easily outdistance its rivals, according to estimates from boxofficemojo.com.
Unspooling in 4,122 theaters, the PG-rated Shrek was the only new wide release this weekend. The DreamWorks Animation tale also garnered just under $1 million in receipts from late Thursday screenings.
Sony Pictures' Spider-Man 3 gave up the top spot as it entered its third week of release, coming in second Friday with an estimated $8 million in receipts. The webslinger's domestic cume stands at $261.3 million.
With four new wide releases entering the marketplace this weekend, for the most part moviegoers in North America only had eyes for Sony's Spider-Man 3 as everyone's favorite webslinger left theaters with an estimated $60 million on its sophomore frame, off a relatively modest 60% from its staggering record breaking debut of $151.1 million. The third installment based on the Marvel Comics character has racked up a riveting estimate of $242.1 million in 10 days.
On the international stage, the Tobey Maguire starrer pulled in an estimated $85.5 million during the weekend, advancing the cume to $380 million, and combined with domestic for a worldwide boxoffice tally of an amazing $622.1 million for the Sam Raimi-helmed feature.
Of the weekend's new arrivals, 20th Century Fox's 28 Weeks Later, from Fox Atomic, had the best showing. The sci-fi thriller is an apocalyptic sequel to 28 Days Later, a story about a deadly virus that infects London, and easily captured the second spot with a somewhat disappointing estimate of $10 million from 2,303 theaters. The R-rated 28 Weeks, from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and starring Robert Carlyle, opened near the first film's $10.1 million debut, but Days accomplished that feat with just 1,260 theaters.
In a counterprogramming move Universal's Georgia Rule put in its bid for female moviegoers this weekend, but the R-rated drama failed to generate much interest at the boxoffice with a third-place finish and an estimate of a weak $5.9 million from 2,523 sites. Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman star in the Morgan Creek production, which was directed by industry veteran Garry Marshall. As projected, the audience was largely older females.
Holding up nicely in the fourth slot -- thanks to positive word of mouth -- was Paramount's Disturbia, which slipped a meager 18% in its fifth weekend to scare up an estimated $4.8 million. Produced by DreamWorks and Montecito Pictures, the PG-13 film has collected an estimated $66.3 million so far.
Lionsgate's Delta Farce didn't provide much firepower at the boxoffice on its debut this weekend as the comedy marched into the fifth spot with an estimated $3.5 million from 1,931 theaters. Not surprisingly, the PG-13 picture, starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and DJ Qualls and helmed by C.B. »
Right now, the boxoffice belongs to Spider-Man 3, and after destroying every record in sight with its $151.1 million opening weekend, the webslinger is on track to continue his triumphal march. Given that schools aren't yet out for the summer, the Sony Pictures release lost a little momentum during the week, but it should rebound this weekend.
The previous opening-weekend record holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, dropped 54% in its second weekend back in July, picking up $62.4 million after having bowed to $135.6 million. But even if
Spider-Man dropped 55%, it still would take in $64 million, so it's a safe bet to enjoy another bonanza.
Of the weekend's new arrivals, the one with the best chance of posting a solid number is 20th Century Fox's apocalyptic sequel 28 Weeks Later. Universal Pictures' femme-centric Georgia Rule might give it some competition as it bids for older women, but Lionsgate Films' Delta Farce and The Ex, from MGM and the Weinstein Co., probably are fated to be footnotes in the ongoing story of Spider-Man's boxoffice domination.
28 Weeks is looking to attract some of the same genre fans who rushed to see Spider-Man 3 on opening weekend, so if that segment of the audience has had its fill of Spidey and his assorted nemeses, the ongoing tale of a deadly virus wrecking havoc on London could be just the ticket. »
The project, from CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on Gus, an ex-Jesuit priest-psychologist who performs exorcisms. Perrineau will play a priest who has known Gus since seminary and is his confessor, confidante and good friend.
For two seasons, Perrineau co-starred on Lost as single father Michael Dawson who sailed off with his son in the show's Season 2 finale.
There has been talk about Perrineau possibly returning to the Emmy-winning adventure series, but sources said the sides could not reach an agreement.
4 items from 2007
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