Hey folks, it's Sandie here with the Monday box office roundup. Looks like Friday we had our fingers half-way on the pulse of America's movie-going habits. Let's look back on our predictions:
And here's how the weekend box office actually turned out:
- 'Jackass Number Two,' $28.1 million.
- 'Jet Li's Fearless,' $10.6 million.
- 'Gridiron Gang,' $9.7 million.
- 'Flyboys,' $6 million.
- 'Everyone's Hero,' $4.75 million
Johnny Knoxville and his crew of merry, risk-taking pranksters' sequel outdid not only its obviously unformidable competition but even its sleeper-hit predecessor, 'Jackass: The Movie,' which scored an opening-weekend gross of $22.8 million at the peak of the show's MTV-fueled popularity. It looks like the $28 mil is the fourth-highest September opening ever ... damn impressive for what amounts to 95 minutes of cringe-inducing follies. And kudos to Jet Li for his decent 'Fearless' debut. Li's self-proclaimed final film may have earned less than half of the 'Number Two' haul, but with only 1,808 theaters showing the martial-arts flick, its average-per-screen is a mighty $5,843.
Not to overstate the obvious, but the fact that 'All the King's Men' starring a gaggle of Academy winners and/or nominees Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Anthony Hopkins, isn't even in the top five (it made a meager $3.8 million for a seventh-place finish) means the who's-who cast and crew can pretty much kiss any Oscar chances goodbye. 'Flyboys' similarly underperformed, although considering the overlong military drama got mediocre reviews and stars James Franco, who can't seem to take off outside of the 'Spider-Man' franchise, it's not exactly a shocker.
Never underestimate The Rock. His feel-good football drama 'Gridiron Gang' slipped only two slots and 33 percent for its third-place finish. Since 'Gang' was made for only $30 million, its current total of $27 mil is a win for the former wrestler with the amazing eyebrows.
To me, the real hidden surprise of the weekend's top-10 is the fact that for the fourth week in a row, two little indies keep on powering out back-to-back finishes: the magical period drama 'The Illusionist,' which was made for an estimated $16.5 million and now boasts a $27.5 million gross, after six weeks and one of our team's personal favorites of the year, 'Little Miss Sunshine' (although I profess to not having seen it), which is now at $50 million, more than six times its $8 million budget. As my four-year-old would say: Go, little indies, go!