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Ashton Kutcher box office superstar?

Permanent Link by bootlegga on Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:40 pm

You know the something is wrong with the world when Ashton Kutcher owns not just the #1 movie of the past weekend, but #2 as well. Have the stars aligned in some special cosmic path?

Sony Pictures Animation's first feature film, Open Season, an animated action-adventure comedy voiced by Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher, topped the box office with an estimated $23 million from 3,833 theaters. Budgeted at $85 million, the Columbia Pictures-distributed film opened in both conventional theaters and IMAX, averaging $6,000 per location.

Touchstone Pictures action-drama The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Kutcher as well, opened to $17.7 million in 3,241 theaters for an average of $5,451.

Last week's champ, Paramount/MTV Films' Jackass Number Two, dropped to third and 51.7% in ticket sales. The $11.5 million sequel added $14 million and has collected $51.5 million in two weeks.

Newcomer School for Scoundrels, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, came in at number four with $9.1 million from 3,004 theaters. Directed by Todd Phillips, the comedy was distributed by MGM for The Weinstein Company.

Yari Film Group's The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel and Rufus Sewell, continued to do well in its seventh weekend, dipping just 14.7% and adding $2.8 million for a sum of $31.5 million.

In limited release, Samuel Goldwyn Films football drama Facing the Giants managed to take the 12th spot with $1.4 million from 441 theaters, an average of $3,149 per site.

Also, Fox Searchlight Pictures' The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy, earned an impressive $143,000 from just four theaters, averaging $35,750 per location. Even more impressive was Miramax's The Queen, which made $123,000 from 3 theaters in just two days (it opened on Saturday), an average of $41,000.

I realize that September is typically a time when studios release weak offerings, so it's no surprise that Kutcher could have the best movie this weekend, but the top 2? Open Season looked to be a slam dunk, what with the meagre family offerings of late, but the Guardian appeared to be a typical, generic buddy action movie. I guess in light of the fact that he unseated Jackass #2, it's not all that special a moment.
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