If you don’t have a kid, chances are you didn’t go to the movies this weekend. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (No. 1), which grossed an astounding $45 million nationally, was the only movie to open this weekend to crack the top five in box office receipts in the city. And it’s not as if those movies in their later weeks are even in that high of demand. It’s just that the movies that came out last weekend—the Kate Beckinsale in tight leather pants vehicle, Doomsday (No. 6), the Bloodsport knock-off Never Back Down (No. 9), and the Naomi Watts-produced thriller Funny Games U.S.—are in very low demand. None of those films managed to grab a per-theater average higher than $10,000 in their first week, which means they’ll be out of the top ten by next. Buh-bye!
What’s left behind didn’t fare much better. 10,000 B.C. (No. 2), in its second week, saw its total gross drop 55 percent. It had a slightly worse per screen average than The Bank Job (No. 3) at $17,650 (at 11 theaters). But those two movies, along with Horton, were the only movies to gross over $100,000. Last week, six movies managed that feat.
And The Other Boleyn Girl (No. 5) and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (No. 7) continued to show signs of life. Perhaps this is because they’re the only movies that ostensibly appeal to women. At present, that seems like all it takes to keep them treading water and in the theaters.
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.