Summer sequels around the corner
Highly anticipated summer pics will take center stage starting Friday, when “Spider-Man 3” swings into theaters, but it didn’t take much to capture No. 1 this weekend in a dismal spring scene at the multiplexes.Top 10 pics combined over the weekend for a paltry $57 million — a mark the webslinger will likely break all by himself in his opening. With auds largely eschewing the movie theaters, Paramount and DreamWorks’ left-field hit “Disturbia” managed to take the No. 1 spot for the third weekend in a row, with just $9 million. The PG-13 rated pic brought its cume to $52.1 million, as it dropped only 30% from the previous frame. It’ll surely be months before any pic can again capture No. 1 with $9 million. Overall B.O. was way off pace from last weekend: The combined total of the top 10 pics plunged roughly $11.5 million. The wave of new movies failed to generate much traction with auds. No. 2 was Disney’s debuting supernatural pic “The Invisible,” with $7.6 million. Nicolas Cage, who had luck earlier this year with the superhero vehicle “Ghost Rider,” couldn’t weave his magic once again: His latest pic, “Next,” about a small-time magician who sees into the future, conjured only $7.2 million in its debut. Par pic landed at No. 3. It had better luck overseas, however, finishing No. 1 in the U.K. and France over the weekend, according to weekend estimates. Among other new titles, Lionsgate actioner “The Condemned,” starring WWE grappler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, was relegated to ninth place with just $4 million. And the Yari Film Group and Jamie Kennedy comedy “Kickin’ It Old Skool” got kicked to the curb, missing the top 10 altogether. Break-dancing comedy spun out to just $2.8 million, generating only $1,541 per theater. Focus’ Rogue banner expanded its Brit import “Hot Fuzz” to 1,272 theaters, but the pic couldn’t keep up quite the heated pace of its more limited debut. A hit in the U.K., the spoof of American action movies has cumed $12.5 million in two frames and dipped less than 20% in ticket sales in its most recent foray. Among holdovers, New Line’s legal thriller “Fracture” dropped 36% in its second weekend. Pic starring Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins has brought in $21.3 million. Par/DreamWorks sports parody “Blades of Glory” remained a winner, passing $108 million. And Disney’s CG animated “Meet the Robinsons” turned in another $4.8 million to raise its cume to $88.3 million. Sony horror pic “Vacancy” checked into slot No. 8 in its second weekend. Pic has so far slashed up $13.8 million, as R-rated horror is having a difficult time connecting, with PG-13 pics with scares playing better. Sony’s “Are We Done Yet?” managed to hang on to the top 10 in its fourth weekend of release. Ice Cube laffer has hit $43.8 million. Some holdovers slid off the top 10 chart entirely, including the Weinstein Co.’s troubled “Grindhouse,” which ground down another 59% in ticket sales and brought in $576,000 in its fourth weekend, taking in just $932 per theater. Sony’s racy Halle Berry starrer “Perfect Stranger” met with $2.2 million in its third frame, bringing its cume to $21.6 million. Miramax’s Richard Gere starrer “The Hoax” tricked just $815 per theater in 981 locations. Cume on the project is $6.2 million after four weekends in theaters. Among limited releases, overall biz wasn’t much better, though some films managed to gather steam. Fox Searchlight’s Mira Nair pic “The Namesake” continues to play well among arthouse options: Movie has taken in about $10.7 million after eight weeks in release, and dropped just 5.4% in biz over the weekend. Sony Classics’ Dutch WWII epic “Black Book” passed $1 million over the weekend, playing in 103 theaters, and its foreign-language film Oscar winner “Lives of Others” is still in 189 theaters, having crossed the $9.1 million mark. Sony specialty arm’s release of the Aussie import “Jindabyne” hit $30,243 from six screens, for a per-print average of $5,041 in its opening frame. Unit’s Gallic comedy “The Valet” has checked $576,680 after two weekends in North American release. ThinkFilm’s new docu “Zoo” brayed to $10,610 after five days in release. IFC opened its drama “Snow Cake” on four screens, cooking up about $5,000 over the weekend. Paramount Vantage comedy “Year of the Dog,” with former “SNL” star Molly Shannon and directed by “School of Rock” scribe Mike White, has grossed $630,750 after three weekends.