Manhattan may be famous for its plummeting crime rate (Oslo has four times as much crime as New York this year!), but it’s clear its residents still have a taste for violence — that, or they prefer Angelina Jolie’s slender arms and James McAvoy’s glistening chest to a dented metal-box with eyes. Either way, last weekend New Yorkers resisted the calls of ecstatic critics and chose Timur Bekmambetov’s kill-fest Wanted — in which Jolie and McAvoy star as members of a secret gang of assassins — over Pixar’s Wall-E. Wanted raked in just over a million dollars locally during its opening weekend, making it the city’s no. 1 movie, while Pixar’s beloved trash compactor finished second with $639,760 (averaging $52,160 per theater).
Nationally, the results were reversed. Wall-E and its heartwarming tale of global apocalypse broke opening-day sales records for a G-rated movie with a cool $23.1 million. The film went on to make $63 million nationwide, while Wanted only managed $51 million.
Coming in after Get Smart ($204,255 in sales), are the indomitable ladies in Sex and the City, who after five weeks in theaters still managed to capture the no. 4 spot with a $142,722 showing. While they finished ninth nationally, Carrie and co.’s stubborn success in the show’s hometown — hysterically unflattering New Yorker illustration or not — is no surprise.
In only its second weekend in theaters, Mike Myers’ much-maligned The Love Guru fell to ninth place, making only $54,891 this weekend — a full 69% drop from last week’s take. Not even The Happening did that bad. As the Times reports, it seems the Guru’s savage reviews and middling sales receipts have driven the film to India where it hits theaters in the coming weeks. One can only imagine the warm reception a bearded white-man named Guru Pitka who tells Schnauzer jokes will receive form the local Hindu community
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.