Bucket List: Rob Reiner’s Most Commercial Film in a While

January 12, 2008–Warner’s wide expansion of The Bucket List kicked the competition at the Friday box office, ringing up $6.4 million.
The serio comedys first day of wide release is a box-office record for helmer Rob Reiner when stacked against his previous opening day highs which include 1992s A Few Good Men ($5.2 million) and 1995s The American President ($4.3 million).

The expansion of the Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman vehicle from 16 theaters to 2,911 in its third frame currently puts the pics haul at $7.8 million.

In second place, Sony-Screen Gems First Sunday made $6.2 million from 2,213, the third best January opening day for the genre label behind 2006s Underworld: Evolution ($10.2 million) and 2007s Stomp the Yard ($7.2 million).

The total box office for Fox Searchlights teen pregnancy comedy Juno ballooned to $61.8 million yesterday, eclipsing Little Miss Sunshine ($60 million), the labels Oscar Award winner from last year. Jason Reitman’s picture slotted third with $4.6 million, a 13% dip from a week ago, off 2,448 sites.

The weekend’s champ from the last three frames, Disneys National Treasure: Book of Secrets slid to fourth on Friday, minting $3.3 million, a 48% drop, from 3,377 hardtops. The sequels $179 million domestic cume is currently pacing ahead of its first installment by 3%.

In fifth, Warner-Village Roadshows I Am Legend generated $2.6 million from 3,353, down 50%, raising its domestic gross to $234.7 million.

Among Fridays other wide bows, Pirates Who Dont Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, distributed by Universal, debuted outside of the top five, producing $1.1 million at 1,337 theaters.

Pirates, according to Rentrak, is one of three animated pictures in January. Previous January toons include last years Happily NEver After which posted an opening day of $2.1 million and a three-day bow of $6.6 million and 2004s Teachers Pet which grossed $477,000 on its Friday and a weekend take of $2.5 million.

Freestyle Releasings vidgame adaptation In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale opened outside of the top 10 with $971,000 off 1,605 engagements.

In its third Friday, Picturehouses The Orphanage, grossed $640,000 at 707 theaters for a current cume of $1.7 million.

Par Vantages There Will Be Blood continued to generate box office black gold, charting the days highest theater average with $4,510 or $582,000 from 129 wells. The cume for the Paul Thomas Anderson film currently stands at $3 million.