Judging by box office—and the box office never lies—the one thing Good Friday was good for was taking your kid to the movies. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (No. 2) hauled in $25 million in its second weekend, easily winning the top spot nationally. And Manhattanites were equally irreligious, though marginally different in the object of their sin. Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (No. 1) earned 25 percent more than Horton in the city, making it the most popular movie by far on the island. Take that, God!
Apparently, not any ol’ kid-friendly flick will do. Drillbit Taylor (No. 7), a product of the Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad) and Owen Wilson brain trust, bombed terribly with a $7,443 average at nine theaters. It was out-grossed by Under the Same Moon (No. 6), a Spanish-language film with American Ferrara (Ugly Betty) in limited release. I doubt the fact that it had the highest-grossing opening weekend—$2.6 million—of any Spanish-language film ever will be of any consolation to those involved in Drillbit. With Apatow’s luck taking a turn for the worse, perhaps it’s best that he doesn’t hang out with Wilson. …
Joshua Jackson, the forgotten cast member of Dawson’s Creek, has reason to be optimistic today about his acting career. The horror film Shutter (No. 3), in which he stars, posted decent numbers: $10.7 million nationally; $172,000 here. What does it mean? There’s still hope for him to fulfill his destiny as George Clooney’s body double—or at least play his son in a remake of Vice Versa. C’mon, there’s got to be some way Jackson can capitalize on looking like Clooney. How about doing some commercials in Japan? They won’t notice the difference.
List of theaters: Paris, Zeigfeld, Oprheum, East 85th St., 86th St. East, 84th St., Lincoln Plaza, 62nd and Broadway, Lincoln Square, Magic Johnson, 72nd St East, Cinemas 1, 2 &3rd Ave, 64th and 2nd , Imaginasian, Manhattan Twin, First and 62nd St., Angelika Film Center, Quad, IFC Center, Film Forum, Village East, Village Seven, Cinema Village, Union Square, Essex, Battery Park 11, Sunshine, 34th Street, Empire, E-Walk, Chelsea, 19th Street East, and Kips Bay.
Manhattan Weekend Box Office: How moviegoers in the multiplexes of middle America choose to spend their ten-spot is probably a big deal in Hollywood. But here in Manhattan, the hottest movies aren’t always the ones making the big bucks nationwide. Using Nielsen numbers for Manhattan theaters alone and comparing them to the performance of the national weekend box office can tell you a lot about our Blue State sensibilities. Or nothing at all! Each Monday afternoon, we will bring you the results.