Box Office: Vampires have their day

30 DAYS OF NIGHT topped an anemic frame, coming out #1 at the box office with $15.95-million dollars. Making its debut in 2,855 theatres, the vampire flick managed to put the bite on the previous b.o. winner WHY DID I GET MARRIED. With those opening numbers, 30 DAYS will be lucky to pass $40-million at the U.S. box office, but when foreign sales and home video are eventually added in, the film should be a small profit-maker.

The only other genre title to generate much box office heat was TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. The 3D re-release of the 1993 film (shot in 2D) earned $5.33-million, good enough for 8th place – impressive numbers for an old film screening in only 564 theatres.

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION dropped out of the Top Ten this weekend. The zombie flick saw itself decay to #17 (down from #9 last week), where it earned a tad over $1-million. After five weekends, the film’s U.S. release has netted $49.96-million.

Read the entire Top Ten here.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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