Last Thursday’s tracking was correct in that 30 Days of Night, the Josh Hartnett vampire film, is the weekend’s #1 film with a projected $15,580,000. (A slightly brawnier $18 to $20 million was expected by handicappers.) Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married? dropped 44% for a second-place showing and an estimated $11,880,000. The Game Plan, a Middle American feel-good movie that refuses to go away, will earn $8,041,000 by Sunday night.
The fourth-place Michael Clayton (easily one of the best films now playing, along with Things We Lost in the Fire and Gone Baby Gone) will do about $7,419, 000 — off 32% from last weekend. Gone Baby Gone will be fifth with $5,897,000…no action. The Comebacks (which you have to be a real moron to want to see, given Joe Leydon‘s Variety review) will be sixth with $5,769,000.
We Own The Night will be seventh with $5,728,000. The 3D reissue of Tim Burton‘s A Nightmare Before Christmas will take in $5,549,000 for an eighth-place showing. Gavin Hood‘s Rendition is a complete wipeout with a projected $4,118,000 for the weekend in 2250 theatres. The Heartbreak Kid will do about $4,006,000 — this will put it at $32 million currently and a projected $40 million gross all in.
Things We Lost in the Fire, which contains Benicio del Toro‘s finest performance ever and one of the greatest performances of the 21st Century, is looking at a projected $1,519,000 for the weekend in 1142 theatres, or $1300 a print. (If the dogs won’t eat the dog food you can’t stop them.) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a corpse — projected earnings of $572,000 or $1900 per theatre. Terry George‘s Reservation Road will take in $2900 a print in 13 theatres.
And Anton Corbijn‘s Control is expected to take in $36,000 this weekend in two theatres (Film Forum and Nuart).