Disney is “Invincible”

first_imgBut by adding an estimated $4 million in grosses, “Pirates” surpassed 2002’s “Spider-Man” to become the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time, with a gross of $407.6 million domestically. Disney also released the year’s second-highest grossing film, “Cars,” which has taken in $240.5 million. Overall, it was a typically slow late-August weekend at the box office, but the top 12 receipts did beat the same weekend last year by 4.3 percent. This results in 20 of the past 23 weekends surpassing 2005 numbers, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co. Free-falling from first place last weekend to ninth was “Snakes on a Plane,” which suffered a 56 percent drop in business with $5.86 million in ticket sales. The New Line Cinema release, which opened far below projections last weekend, has a 10-day total of $26 million. A big batch of films finished in single-digit millions, led by second-place “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” The Will Ferrell racing comedy, released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, took in an estimated $8 million, for a four-week total of $127 million. Climbing all the way up to third place was the Fox Searchlight comedy “Little Miss Sunshine,” which earned an estimated $7.5 million after doubling its number of theaters to 1,430. Now in its fifth week, “Sunshine” has been given a gradual rollout to benefit from strong word-of-mouth buzz and has taken in $23 million to date. “The holding power is just phenomenal,” said Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight’s chief operating officer. “We are ahead of where we expected to be, and I think we’ll play well not only into September but October as well.” The numbers four-through-10 films finished within about $1 million of each other, so the pecking order could change when final numbers are released today. Opening in fourth place was the comedy “Beerfest,” released by Warner Bros., which took in an estimated $6.5 million, followed closely by the Universal Pictures’ comedy “Accepted,” which made $6.47 million for a two-week total of $21.1 million. Paramount Pictures’ “World Trade Center” was a close sixth, adding $6.39 million to a total that now stands at $55.55 million. The Disney dancing flick “Step-Up” took seventh with $6.2 million and has taken in $50.4 million in three weeks. Universal’s release “Idlewild,” starring OutKast duo Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton, opened in 973 locations and took in an estimated $5.9 million for eighth place. The film’s audience was 82 percent African-American and 61 percent female. Also, New Line released the kids comedy “How to Eat Fried Worms,” which opened in a dismal 12th place with estimated ticket sales of $3.95 million. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Putting an explanation point on its already record summer, Disney scored a touchdown with its new football drama “Invincible,” which took in $17 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie starring Mark Wahlberg is based on the true-life story of Vincent Papale’s rookie season in the NFL as a 31-year-old walk-on. The movie drew an audience fairly split between males and females, with about half over 34. “It’s a football-themed movie, and we’re in the beginning of the football season, but it’s more than that: It’s about an interesting character who’s an underdog in a feel-good story ,” said Chris LeRoy, executive vice president of general sales for Disney’s Buena Vista Distribution arm. “We’re very pleased to have our third number-one movie this summer.” It has been a magical summer for Disney at the box office, especially thanks to the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which finally dropped out of the top 10, finishing 11th. last_img read more