If trailers for the movie Jumper (no. 1), the sci-fi actioner starring Hayden Chrstensen, Rachel Bilson and Samuel L. Jackson, made you want to jump out of a window, you may want to take the week off. The movie was a resounding success, both here and throughout the country, raking in over $27 million dollars over the three-day weekend. Guess there won’t be a desperate OC reunion anytime soon.
And, well, if that news just leaves you weak in knees, you may want to have a seat for what I’m going to tell you next: Step Up 2 the Streets (no. 3), the sequel to the urban dance romance Step Up, almost managed a $20 million weekend, thanks in small part to a $30,000 average here in the city. (It’s been a good couple of weeks for Disney, who have been happily surprised with Step Up and the Miley Cyrus 3-D concert movie.)
And sandwiched in between was the rom-com Definitely, Maybe (no. 2), to which New Yorkers replied, “Absolutely,” while the rest of the country said, “Maybe not.” It pulled the same average as Step Up 2, playing on one more theater. Van Wilder still haunts you, doesn’t it, Ryan? God knows it cursed Tara Reid. (Or was the curse what landed her that role?)
The opposite was true for The Spiderwick Chronicles (no. 3), which fared well nationally, but stalled here. The movie based on the popular children’s fantasy book series of the same name was barely able to keep its average above the all-important $10,000 threshold. More reading in the city? Sure, why not! That explains it.
And the most pleasant surprise of the weekend was In Bruges (no. 9), which surged after expanding into five theaters and averaging over $20,000 on each. The dark comedy, written by playwright Martin McDonagh, wasn’t able to crack the top ten last weekend, but it was clear, due to its success nationally, that this was more due to its limited run than anything else. It’s good to see Focus Features rewarded for making the right call to expand.
As for There Will Be Blood (no. 4), Juno (no. 6) and No Country for Old Men (no. 8), good luck this weekend at the Oscars, it’s been a great run!
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.