It was a good weekend for Summit Ent. Not only did their hit film TWILIGHT sell three million units on DVD, but their latest flick, KNOWING, starring Nicolas Cage, topped the box office with a haul of approximately $24.8 million. Despite poor reviews, fans knew what they wanted from the sci-fi thriller, which has visual effects by Animal Logic, BUF and Postmodern.
Newcomers to theaters also took the second and third slot. Paramount and DreamWorks' raunchy bro-mance I LOVE YOU, MAN took the second slot with about $18 million, while the Julia Roberts/Clive Owen caper flick DUPLICITY from Universal garnered $14.4 million in third place.
Last week's #1 film, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, rolled down the box office mountain to fourth, taking in an additional $13 million. The Buena Vista sci-fi family adventure (with visual effects by Furious FX, Proof and RotoFactory) has collected $44.7 million to date. In the fifth spot, WATCHMEN took a 62.3% nose dive bringing in only $6.73 million in its third week in theaters. Warner Bros. risky superhero flick, with vfx by CIS Hollywood, Drac Studios, Gentle Giant Studios, Intelligent Creatures, Lidar Services, Moving Picture Company, Proof, Quantum Creation FX, Rising Sun Pictures, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Svengali Visual Effects, has a total box office gross of $98.1 million.
Universal's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (vfx by Rez-Illusion) added another $5.92 million to its $24 million cume. Fox's TAKEN in its eighth week in theaters kidnapped the seventh position, scrounging up an additional $4.1 million to bring its cume to $133 million. Oscar-winner SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE from Fox Searchlight won another $2.7 million, making its total box office receipts $137 million. Lionsgate's TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL incarcerated another $2.51 million, making its total box office haul to $87.2 million.
Rounding out the top ten was LAIKA's hit stop-motion film, CORALINE, which sowed another $2.14 million, making its cume $72.8 million.
In additional animated box office news, Oscar-nominee WALTZ WITH BASHIR (Sony Pictures Classics) is still playing in 57 theaters across the U.S. and brought in another $32,600, bringing its cume to $2.19 million.
Box office data was obtained from Box Office Mojo.