Nicolas Cage thriller nabs $8.9 million Friday
Summit Entertainment’s Nicolas Cage sci-fi thriller “Knowing” outsmarted two other wide releases yesterday grossing an estimated $8.9 million off 3,332 engagements.Pic about a professor who attempts to thwart a global disaster after uncovering a series of cataclysmic predictions marks the second best opening day for Cage outside the summer and holiday frame following 2007′s “Ghost Rider” which chalked up $15.4 million. Among all of Cage’s opening days, “Knowing” ranks fourth with 2007′s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” being his highest at $16.7 million. “Knowing” is also the second best opening day for Summit after November’s “Twilight” ($36 million) since launching its domestic distribution arm in 2007. Directed by Alex Proyas, “Knowing” is the helmer’s first film since his 2004 Will Smith sci-fi hit “I, Robot” which racked up $144.8 million at the domestic B.O. “Knowing” looks to retain its hold on the number one spot through the weekend and should clear past $20 million. Paramount/DreamWorks’ R-rated buddy comedy “I Love You, Man” starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel slotted second with $6.3 million off 2,711. Pic’s opening day is in sync with last spring’s R-rated male laffer “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” which made $6 million on its first Friday and a three-day weekend of $17.7 million. Segel headlined and wrote “Marshall” while Rudd co-starred in the pic. The Julia Roberts-Clive Owen romantic caper “Duplicity” from Universal took third with $4.7 million off 2,574. Directed by Tony Gilroy of “Michael Clayton” fame, “Duplicity” has been receiving a positive reaction from critics. Among Roberts’ headliners, “Duplicty’s” opening day came in ahead of 2007′s “Charlie Wilson’s War” ($2.8 million) and below 2000′s “Erin Brockovich” ($8.1 million) for which she won an Oscar for best actress. The trio of wide entries pushed Disney’s No. 1 film from last weekend, “Race to Witch Mountain,” to fourth. Pic collected $3.8 million, down 44%, from 3,187 for an eight-day haul of $35.5 million. Warner Bros./Par’s fanboy film “Watchmen” grossed $2 million off 3,510 in fifth, down 62% in its third Friday for a running domestic cume of $93.3 million. On the specialty side, Magnolia’s “The Great Buck Howard” starring Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and John Malkovich generated $29,000 at 55 sites for a per theater of $535. Focus Features’ Spanish-lingo drama “Sin Nombre” about Central American immigrants fleeing to the United States charted a per theater of $3,783 from six engagements or $23,000.