America ‘Obsessed’ with cat-fighting women

04.25.09 8 years ago

Sony Pictures

Embracing the campy nature of their “Fatal Attaction” meets “The Temp” remake in the last week of their marketing campaign for “Obsessed,” Screen Gems was rewarded with a impressive $11 million opening day for the Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter thriller.  Reviews have not been kind, but the “don’t you try to touch my man” thriller touched a nerve in moviegoers.  It’s unclear whether it will drop off on Saturday or not, but the picture could do anywhere from $25-28 this weekend, a huge coup for the Sony Pictures division and no doubt convincing studio execs (or her agents) that Sasha Fierce can open a movie.

Coming in second was the Rogue Pictures programmer “Fighting” with $4.4 million.    Arguably the first film Channing Tatum has opened on his own, the action flick could do between $11-13 million for the weekend. The result is disappointing only in that this release date caused the picture to loose a key component of its intended audience, women under 25, who instead flocked to “Obsessed.”  The picture will battle it out with the second weekend of “17 Again” which cumed only $3.8 million on Friday, but should get a bump on Saturday from star Zac Efron’s tween following and also finish the three-day in  $11-13 million range.

Fourth found the seemingly forgotten and mis-dated “The Soloist” with $3.2 million in only 2,000 theaters.  The Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx drama will be lucky to rake in $10 million for the weekend.  More thoughts on “The Soloist’s” release troubles here.

Rounding out the top five was DisneyNature’s inaugural release, “Earth.”  The documentary already opened to a stellar $4 million on Wednesday and with Friday’s $2.9 million has already cumed $8.5 million.  Not shabby for an enviormental doc from a division that isn’t necessarily mean to be a profit center for the Walt Disney Company.  For the weekend, “Earth” could do between $8-9 million.

Here are Friday’s top ten performers according to Box Office Mojo.  Look for complete weekend estimates tomorrow on HitFix.

1. “Obsessed,” $11.1 million.

2. “Fighting,” $4.46 million

3. “17 Again,” $3.85 million, $32.1 million to date.

4. “The Soloist,” $3.2 million.

5. “Earth,” $2.9 million, $8.54 million to date.

6. “State of Play,” $2 million, $20.3 million to date.

7. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” $2 million, $168 million to date.

8. “Fast & Furious,” $1.9 million, $141 million to date.

9. “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” $1.7 million, $60 million to date.

10. “Crank: High Voltage,” $850,000, $9.9 million to date.

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