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Weekend Estimates: High School Musical Hits Musical High Note

October 26th, 2008

High School Musical 3 made movie history over the weekend, breaking the record for the biggest opening by a musical, according to Disney's figures released on Sunday morning. Its estimated Friday-Sunday tally was $42 million, which easily tops the previous record holder, Mamma Mia!, which set the record as recently as July, with $27.8 million. High School Musical is also the third-biggest opener in October, behind Scary Movie 3 and Shark Tale (see complete chart).

The weekend's other big opener, Saw V continued the franchise's remarkably solid record by posting an estimated opening of $30.5 million, almost exactly the same as the previous three Saw movies (see franchise history). Pride and Glory, meanwhile, was weak, with $6.3 million.

A couple of limited releases made big entrances: Universal's The Changeling opened with a little over $500,000 in 15 theaters, while Logo's Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom picked up an estimated $161,000 in just five theaters -- a remarkable performance for a niche genre picture.

- Weekend Estimates

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Saw V, Changeling, Pride and Glory