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Box Office Update 4/14 – 4/16: Scary Movie 4 Scares Up An Easter Record

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I had no idea that the Scary Movie franchise had this much gas left in it. I figured it would open well, but over $40 million? Not a chance. The second and third entries got progressively worse, so it wouldn’t take a genius to think that this would continue that trend. Of course, I actually think the commercials look kind of funny. Anyway, Scary Movie 4 has set an Easter weekend record, which just about guarantees that a fifth film will be coming down the pipe.

The new release that I thought was going to take the top spot stumbled out of the blocks. The Wild came in a lowly third, not even coming close to the other animated film, and the year’s first true blockbuster, Ice Age: The Meltdown. Maybe two CG films at once is overkill, or maybe audiences are still stinging from last year’s similarly themed Madagascar. Perhaps it is good; if it is, word of mouth will spread and it will have legs. Who knows? I’ll let you know after I see it.

It may as well be a new release — the hilarious Thank You for Smoking is marching up the chain. It went into wide release this weekend and people are noticing it. I saw it a few weeks back and it is a great film, I highly recommend it.

As for those films that have hung around, the aforementioned Ice Age sequel came out on top at number two. It brought in another $20 million plus, pushing its take close to the $150 million mark. Coming in behind that at number three is probably the biggest surprise — Benchwarmers is stilling pulling in the people. Not bad for a movie that isn’t good. On the other end of the scale, it looks like Failure to Launch is getting close to falling off the charts after six weeks of hanging on. Also, V for Vendetta is having its last hurrah, placing tenth.

Two films dropped off the list this week. The first was Phat Girlz which fell to twelfth in just its second weekend. The second is ATL which finished at number eleven.

As for my predictions, I got four correct, but not grouped at the top, like I usually get. I successfully predicted the fifth and sixth place finishers, as well as eighth and tenth. An odd spread this time around. I’ll just have to wait and see if I can do any better next week.

This Week

Last Week My Guess Title Wknd Gross Overall Week in release
1 N 2 Scary Movie 4 $40,222,875 $40,222,875 1
2 1 3 Ice Age: The Meltdown $20,026,625 $147,226,916 3
3 2 4 The Benchwarmers $9,913,291 $35,881,922 2
4 N 1 The Wild $9,684,809 $9,684,809 1
5 3 5

Take the Lead $6,783,697 $22,601,019 2
6 4 6 Inside Man $6,427,815 $75,421,180 4
7 5 9 Lucky Number Slevin $4,752,800 $14,297,147 2
8 10 8 Thank You for Smoking $4,491,102 $11,539,571 5
9 6 7 Failure to Launch $2,608,433 $83,179,669 6
10 8 10 V for Vendetta $2,224,266 $66,037,682 5

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