Wanted Big Weekend Star
Disney/Pixar's WALL-E performed about as expected at the box office over the weekend, taking in $63.1 million dollars, according to final figures released Monday by box-office trackers Media by Numbers. But the real surprise was the performance of Universal's Wanted , starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, which took in $50.9 million despite playing in 20-percent fewer theaters than WALL-E . In fact, Wanted took in more on a per-theater basis than the Disney hit, averaging $16,040 per theater versus $15,803 for WALL-E . In its second week, last week's box-office leader, Warner Bros.' Get Smart, dropped to third place with $20.2 million. Overall, the top 12 films grossed $180,202,418, up 23 percent from the same weekend a year ago. For the year, box office revenue is now up 0.7 percent over 2007. However, attendance is down 2.15 percent.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by
Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to
1. WALL-E , Disney, $63,087,526, (New); 2. Wanted, Universal, $50,927,085, (New); 3. Get Smart, Warner Bros., $20,211,242, 2 Wks., $77,477,031; 4. Kung Fu Panda, Paramount, $11,692,061, 4. Wks., $179,276,754; 5. The Incredible Hulk , Universal, $9,577,245, 3 Wks., $115,859,210; 6. The Love Guru , Paramount, $5,340,895, 2 Wks., $25,222,377; 7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull , Paramount, 6 Wks., $5,179,960, $300,085,447; 8. The Happening, Fox, $3,907,948, 3 Wks., $59,120,854; 9. Sex and the City: The Movie , Warner Bros, $3,808,288, 5 Wks., $140,170,362; 10. You Don't Mess With the Zohan , Sony, $3,175,214, 4 Wks., $91,190,129.