The North American boxoffice appeared to be marking time during the weekend as if waiting for Friday's expected blowout, when Sony
Pictures' Spider-Man 3
comes knocking. None of a weak array of new arrivals managed to break through the $10 million barrier, so the teen thriller Disturbia
remained king of the hill for the third frame in a row.
Of the newcomers, Buena Vista
Pictures' The Invisible
, tapping into the same younger audience as Disturbia
, ranked second overall with an estimated $7.6 million. The Nicolas Cage
sci-fi thriller Next
, from Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios, had to settle for third place and an estimated $7.2 million, while the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
actioner The Condemned
, from Lionsgate
, entered the list in ninth place with an estimated $4 million. As for the Yari Film Group's Kickin' It Old Skool
, starring Jamie Kennedy
, it finished outside the top 10 with an estimated $2.8 million.
According to Nielsen EDI, the weekend represented a 23% drop from the comparable weekend last year, when Sony's RV
led the pack with $16.4 million. But though the past two weekends have shown steep declines from last year, the spring season, which began March 9 and concludes Thursday, has set record numbers. With $1.231 billion in Hollywood's coffers, this spring is outpacing the record spring of 2004 that took in $1.2 billion. And while that year The Passion of the Christ
dominated as the top grosser with $370.3 million, this year the wealth has been spread around a bit more since top grosser 300
has accounted for $207 million.
For Paramount, it was a good news/bad news weekend. The studio's Disturbia, from DreamWorks
and Montecito Pictures, ranked first for the third weekend in a row as it fell just 30% while taking in an estimated $9.1 million.
Directed by D.J. Caruso
and starring Shia LaBeouf
as a housebound teen who suspects a neighbor of murder, the film -- written by Christopher Landon
and Carl Ellsworth
-- crossed the $50 million mark, hitting an estimated $52.2 million.