McConaughey, Hudson film tops Friday B.O.

Hannah Montana’s onstage flair was no match for the second onscreen pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as Warner Bros.’ “Fool’s Gold” overtook the pop princess’ concert pic at the Friday B.O.

Playing in 3,125 theaters, “Gold” minted $7.7 million; a figure that is just under the $8 million opening day posted by the previous 2003 McConaughey-Hudson romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.”  “Gold” looks to hold onto the top spot throughout the weekend and should wind up with a three-day take that’s in line with the $23.8 million generated by “Guy.” 

In its second Friday, Disney’s 3-D “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” tumbled 67% to third place, ringing up $2.8 million at 687 venues for an eight-day cume of $45.7 million.  Despite the downtick in receipts, the G-rated pic did chart a soulful theater average of $4,135.

In second, Universal’s family reunion comedy “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” starring Martin Lawrence brought in $5 million from 2,386 hardtops, putting the film’s first day slightly above the $4.5 million charted by the headliner’s comedy “National Security.”  “Security” wound up cashing in an opening of $14.4 million over the January 17-19, 2003 three-day frame.

The Lionsgate-Par Vantage horror-thriller “The Eye” fell 58% in its Friday-to-Friday grosses to fourth place, counting $2.1 million at 2,470 locations and a running cume of $17 million.

In its fourth Friday, Fox-Spyglass’ “27 Dresses” remained afloat in the top five, grossing $1.7 million, down 39%, for a current domestic take of $61.4 million.

On the specialty side, auds ponied up $154,000 at 962 barns to giggle at Picturehouse’s stand-up comedy pic “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.”

The day’s highest theater average belonged to Focus Features’ Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes topliner “In Bruges,” which registered $4,565 or $128,000 from 28 locales.

Sony Classics’ dramedy “The Band’s Visit,” about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in an Israeli town, strummed $16,000 at seven New York and Los Angeles playdates for a per theater average of $2,355. 

The Paris Hilton laffer “The Hottie & The Nottie” was unable to turn heads at 111 engagements, collecting $9,000 in domestic coin.  The heiress even attempted to cue up her Los Angeles fans last night at the Mann Chinese 6 with an autograph signing.


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