Box Office: Imagine That opens in 6th; Moon rises in limted release

New films failed to unseat established winners at the nation’s box office this weekend. IMAGINE THAT, starring Eddie Murphy – the only cinefantastique to debut in wide release – opened in just over 3,000 theatres, where it earned a measly $5.7-million, landing in sixth place.

The weekend’s other genre debut, the low-budget MOON, opened in only a handful of theatres, earning $145,000, which put it in 20th place with an impressive per screen average of $18,000.

Meanwhile, THE HANGOVER, UP, and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN remained in #1, #2, and #4 positions respectively; only newcomer THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 managed to edge into #3.

Ticket sales for returning horror, fantasy, and science fiction films…

UP earned $30.5-million; $187.2-million total

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 earned $9.6-million; $143.4-million total.

LAND OF THE LOST dropped from third to fifth place in its second weekend, earning $9.1-million for a two-week total of $34.98-million.

STAR TREK warped from #5 to #7, adding $5.6-million to its six-week total of $232-million.

TERMINATOR SALVATION blasted its way from #6 to #8 with $4.7-million, yielding a four-week total of $113.8-million.

DRAG ME TO HEL sank deeper into the pit, from seventh to tenth place in its third weekend, earning $3.9-million for a total of $35.1-million.

Down in 12th place, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE made just under a million dollars; its seven-week total stands at $176.1-million.

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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