A plane weekend at the box office

Fall’s fast start slowed this weekend, as the weekend’s new films failed to fuel much audience enthusiasm. Walt Disney’s holdover “Flightplan” led the pack for a second week, scoring $15 million in its sophomore session and dipped a modest 39% from last week’s opening. This is the time of year when Oscar-possible films begin to emerge, but other than a strong showing by Sony Pictures Classics’ “Capote,” which brought in a robust $348,978 from 12 screens in its opening (averaging a stout $29,082 per screen), few of the prestige films seem to have yet caught traction with audiences. Behind the Jodie Foster plane thriller, the top new entry was Universal’s sci-fi title “Serenity,” which bowed at No. 2 with $10.1 million from 2,188 theaters. At No. 3 was Warner Bros.’ “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” with $9.8 million, down 49%. The stop-action movie has a total of $32.9 million. It was followed at No. 4 by New Line’s wide expansion of the David Cronenberg-directed and Viggo Mortensen-starring crime drama “A History of Violence,” which finished with $8.2 million from 1,340 venues. Other new wide releases finished lower down the chart, as Sony’s treasure hunt adventure “Into the Blue” came in at No. 5, posting $7 million while unspooling at 2,789 locations.

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