Oct 18, 2008–Fox's crime actioner “Max Payne” won the Friday box office with $7.1 million. Playing in 3,376 theaters, ¬ìMax Payne¬î has a good chance of being number one throughout the weekend.
Oliver Stone's presidential biopic “W.” which outperformed expectations with an estimated $3.8 million. Playing at 2,030 theaters, ¬ìW.,¬î starring Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, remains an anomaly since most movies about the commander-in-chief are typically released after a politician has left office. Stone¬ís last presidential pic, 1995¬ís ¬ìNixon¬î was released 21 years after Richard Nixon served.
¬ìBees,¬î based on the best selling book, ranked third yesterday with $3.6 million off 1,591 while Disney¬ís ¬ìChihuahua¬î took fourth with $3.05 million from 3,239. In its third Friday, ¬ìChihuahua¬î was down 33% with a current B.O. of $60.9 million.
However, it could be a close race between ¬ìW,¬î Fox Searchlight¬ís ¬ìThe Secret Life of Bees¬î and Disney¬ís ¬ìBeverly Hills Chihuahua.¬î ¬ìChihuahua¬î looks to profit from weekend matinees.
Most of the video game pic adaptations that have played in the fall, i.e. Screen Gems¬í ¬ìResident Evil¬î and Fox¬ís ¬ìHitman,¬î were R-rated making ¬ìPayne¬î an exception with its PG-13 rating. ¬ìPayne¬ís¬î bow bested the first day of last autumn¬ís ¬ìHitman¬î ($4.4 million) however fell below the first Fridays of 2004¬ís ¬ìResident Evil: Apocalypse¬î and 2007¬ís ¬ìResident Evil: Extinction.¬î Both installments posted an opening day above $9 million and a three day frame north of $23 million.
The opening for ¬ìW.¬î is in sync with Stone¬ís previous pics ranking third behind 2006¬ís ¬ìWorld Trade Center¬î ($4.5 million) and 2004¬ís ¬ìAlexander¬î ($4 million). Both were Wednesday bows. ¬ìWorld Trade Center¬î is Stone¬ís highest opener having generated $18.7 million over its three-day frame and $26.5 million in its first five days.
DreamWorks¬í action-thriller ¬ìEagle Eye¬î distributed by Paramount grossed $2.3 million in fifth from 3,326, moving its domestic cume to $76.2 million in the midst of its fourth frame.
Summit Entertainment¬ís R-rated teenage comedy ¬ìSex Drive¬î opened in eighth with $1.3 million at 2,421.
Mike Leigh¬ís ¬ìHappy-Go-Lucky¬î distributed by Miramax charted a per site of $3,144 or $28,000. Pic saw a 52% spike in its second Friday after upping its theaters from four to nine, bringing its eight-day cume to $137,441. Sony Classics¬í ¬ìRachel Getting Married¬î posted $2,577 per theater or $183,000 at 71 theaters in its third Friday. The domestic B.O. to date for the Jonathan Demme film is $1.2 million. Oscilloscope¬ís doc ¬ìFrontrunners¬î about the student council race at New York City¬ís Stuyvesant High School grabbed $2,086 from one Gotham playdate.
Other limited fare that unspooled included Disney¬ís sailing doc ¬ìMorning Light¬î which took in $64,000 at 55 locales and Magnolia¬ís Hollywood comedy ¬ìWhat Just Happened¬î directed by Barry Levinson which made $57,000 from 36 runs.