In what looked like a holiday weekend at the box office -- and there will be such a weekend beginning next Friday -- the two top films earned a combined $113.6 million and the top 12 movies pulled in $179.2 million, lifting the box office 22 percent over the same weekend a year ago, according to studio estimates. Topping the list was the Disney/Pixar animated film WALL-E , which took in about $62.5 million, making it the third-best opening for a Pixar film behind The Incredibles ($70.5 million) and Finding Nemo ($70.2 million). The film, the best-reviewed of the year, performed at the low end of analysts' predictions. However, the No. 2 film, Wanted , starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy, soared well above their predictions, earning $51.1 million (plus $33 million overseas). In addition, last week's top film, Warner Bros.' Get Smart slipped to third place with $20 million, while Paramount/DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda added another $11.7 million to its total. "The box office is incredibly robust right now," Media by Numbers chief Paul Dergarabedian told today's (Monday) Los Angeles Times . "Historically, films do well when times are tough, when going to the movies is an inexpensive way to forget about your troubles. This is a perfect example of that." One glaring failure on the list was Paramount's The Love Guru , which plunged 61 percent to just $5.4 million in its second week.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by
Media by Numbers:
1. WALL-E , $62.5 million; 2. Wanted, $51.1 million; 3. Get Smart, $20 million; 4. Kung Fu Panda, $11.7 million; 5. The Incredible Hulk , $9.2 million; 6. The Love Guru, $5.4 million; 7. I ndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, $5 million; 8. The Happening , $3.9 million; 9. S ex and the City, $3.8 million; 10. You Don't Mess With the Zohan , $3.2 million.