Sony’s vampire horror pic “30 Days of Night” is easily on track to win the weekend at the domestic box office, while the crowded pack of new entries are largely having trouble sucking out much blood from theaters as business once again looks slow.
Director David Slade’s “30 Days,” starring Ben Foster and Josh Hartnett, grossed an estimated $6.2 million from 2,855 locations.
Lionsgate holdover laffer “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?” safely came in No. 2, grossing an estimated $3.4 million from 2,034 theaters as it entered its second frame for a cume of $30.2 million.
After that, the box office proved a close race for the top spots.
Holdovers “The Game Plan” and George Clooney starrer “Michael Clayton” came in No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on Friday. Disney’s “Game Plan” declined only 19% from the previous Friday to $2.5 million from 3,301 runs as the family comedy entered its fourth frame for a cume of $63.5 million.
Warner Bros.’ more serious-minded “Clayton” declined just 32% from the previous Friday to $2.2 million from 2,585 runs for a cume of $14.9 million as it entered its second weekend in wide release.
Among new entries, 20th Century Fox’s sports spoof “The Comeback” edged out serious adult dramas, grossing an estimated $2.1 million from 2,812 runs for the No. 5 slot.
Ben Affleck’s feature directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone,” from Miramax, grossed an estimated $2 million from 1,713 runs in the best showing for new adult dramas vying for auds and awards attention. Critically acclaimed film, starring Casey Affleck and Morgan Freeman, placed No. 6.
Disney’s re-issued family holiday title “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D” grossed an estimated $1.84 million from only 564 runs in its Friday bow for No. 7, edging out Sony’s holdover “We Own the Night,” which grossed an estimated $1.82 million on Friday for a cume of $16.1 million as it entered its second frame. “Night” declined 52% decline from the previous Friday.
Universal’s new politically minded entry “Rendition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon, came in No. 9, grossing an estimated $1.4 million from 2,250 theaters in its Friday bow.
Proving the most disappointing among debuting adult dramas was DreamWorks-Paramount’s Halle Berry-Benicio Del Toro starrer “Things We Lost in the Fire,” which grossed an estimated $502,000 from 1,142 runs, putting it at No. 15, behind holdovers “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “Across the Universe,” “The Kingdom” and “Into the Wild.”