Vantage Point Takes Advantage
Say what you will about Vantage Point -- and critics last week unloaded on it -- the film delivered at the box office, producing an estimated $24 million in ticket sales. That's a lot more than could be said about the other new releases, several of which drew far milder responses from critics. Be Kind, Rewind opened with a so-so $4.1 million at 808 theaters. But Witless Protection was nearly devoid of witnesses, earning just $2.2 million, and Charlie Bartlett attracted just $1.8 million in sales. And the U2 concert flick U2 3D was no match for Hannah Montana, earning less than $1 million. Holdovers generally performed OK, with last week's top film Jumper falling 54 percent to about $12.7 million and placing second to edge out The Spiderwick Chronicles with $12.6 million. Step Up 2 the Streets finished fourth with $9.8 million. Among the Oscar nominees, best-picture winner No Country for Old Men performed the best as it added theaters and rose 21 percent to about $2.3 million. Juno continued its long run on the box-office charts, taking in another $4.1 million to bring its total to $130.4 million. There Will Be Blood returned to the top ten (in tenth place) with $2.6 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Media by Numbers:
1. Vantage Point, $24 million; 2. Jumper, $12.7 million; 3. Spiderwick Chronicles, $12.6 million; 4. Step Up 2 the Streets, $9.8 million; 5. Fool's Gold, $6.3 million; 6. Definitely, Maybe, $5.2 million; 7. Juno, $4.1 million; 7. Be Kind Rewind, $4.1 million; 9. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, $4 million; 10. There Will Be Blood, $2.6 million.