It was a long and winding “Road” to the top.
But final data Monday showed DreamWorks’ Tom Hanks starrer “Road to Perdition” outdistanced Sony’s family laffer “Stuart Little 2” to grab the No. 1 spot at the box office over the weekend.
“Road to Perdition,” which added 362 playdates in its soph sesh for a total 2,159, grossed $15.4 million. “Stuart,” which bowed in a whopping 3,255 locations this weekend, rang up $15.1 million.
On Sunday, distribs had estimated both pics took in $15.6 million over the weekend, resulting in a temporary tie for frame’s top spot.
Coin through Sunday brought 10-day cume for “Road to Perdition” to $47.3 million, with distrib now confident pic will mount a more-than-successful domestic run despite its somewhat dour tone.
“It certainly looks in the $100 million range,” DreamWorks topper Jim Tharp said.
Mob-themed drama reps director Sam Mendes’ first feature outing since helming 2000 Oscar best pic winner “American Beauty.” Pic will add a few more engagements Friday, Tharp said.
Pic perfs topped a mostly lackluster B.O. weekend.
Industrywide, grosses totaled $119.8 million, off 18% from the same weekend in 2001. Year-to-date, 2002 is still 17% ahead of the same portion of last year at $5.13 billion.