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June 26th, 2006

Overall, there were little in the way of surprises this weekend with no film beating or missing expectations by more than a few million dollars. But with no breakout hit, the overall box office slumped by 7.8% from last weekend to $140 million. This did represent an increase of 9.8% over the same weekend last year.

The news for Click was nearly all good as it topped the charts with $40.0 million over the weekend, easily taking first place. Not only that, but the audience didn't skew to the young male demographic like most Adam Sandler films do, which could help its legs. Bad news, the film was a little more expensive than originally reported at $82.5 million and the reviews continue to disappoint. Even so, it should have little problem becoming the tenth film of the year to reach $100 million, although both Superman Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will beat the film to that milestone.

Pixar was able to breathe a sigh of relief this weekend as Cars bounced back. It fell a mere 31%, which was easily the best drop-off in the top five, as it added $23.3 million to its running tally of $156.7 million after 17 days of release. The film is now on pace to easily top $200 million and, if the holidays help the film, it could top X-Men: The Last Stand and become the biggest hit of the year. Of course, even if it manages to surpass that film, odds are Superman Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will do so first. (On a side note, if those two movies bomb, we are in serious trouble because there's nothing else out there to pick up the slack.)

Nacho Libre fell more than 55% to just $12.7 million during its second weekend of release. While its total of $53.2 million after 10 days of release is nothing to complain about, it was still a much steeper drop-off than almost anyone was predicting. In the end, the film will have no trouble beating the original expectations while earning a profit, perhaps even before it reaches the lucrative home market.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift just managed to avoid the 60% drop-off many were predicting, adding $9.8 million to its total of $43.1 million so far. It goes without saying that this will be the final film in the franchise, unless they decide to go the direct-to-DVD route from now on.

Most analysts had Waist Deep struggling to find an audience this weekend, but it almost reached the best case scenario presented on Thursday. Its $9.4 million should make the studio very happy, but the reviews and target demographic will likely hurt the film's future greatly.

Moving onto the sophomore class, The Lake House was just knocked out of the top five with $8.8 million, down just 35%. Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties held up even better, down a mere 28.5%. However, it started slow enough that its $5.2 million weekend and $16.5 million total is not a good result. Jennifer Love Hewitt can take solace that it is already better than Jon Stewart's previous two movies combined.

One final note. The Break Up reached $100 million during the weekend, the seventh film to do so this year. Meanwhile, The Da Vinci Code became just the second $200 million hit of the year, doing so last Tuesday, its 33rd day of release.


Filed under: Cars, Click, Nacho Libre, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Lake House, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Waist Deep