As expected, the combined box office power of Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore was a winner at Friday’s box office as millions of women across the country flocked to see the romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You.” The New Line release opened to an impressive $10.5 million at the box office, the second highest rom-com, non-summer opening since “Hitch” in 2005. The movie’s title became a pop culture phenomenom five years ago with the release of The New York Times bestseller of the same name and the book was basis for the new movie. The romantic comedy also received a boost from its recognizable ensemble cast which includes Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Justin Long and Bradley Cooper, who hosts tonight’s new episode of “Saturday Night Live.” The Ken Kwapis film should do anywhere from $28-30 million for the weekend making the bean counters at Time Warner very happy.
Coming in second place is the continually surprising Liam Neeson thriller “Taken,” which dropped an impressive 34% from it’s opening day a week ago to bring in $6.3 million. The Luc Besson produced thriller has already raked in over $39 million in U.S. ticket sales and should finish over $50 million by the end of the weekend.
The debut of the stop-motion, 3D animated “Coraline” was third as it pulled in $4.5 million and should finish between $13-15 million for the weekend which would rank it as the second biggest opening weekend in Focus Features’ history after last fall’s “Burn After Reading.”
Battling for the fourth and fifth slots are Summit Entertainment’s “Push” and Sony Pictures’ “The Pink Panther 2.” The first of two “Push” films this year (although completely unrelated), the Sci-FI thriller cumed $3.5 million in only 2,313 theaters. Still, the Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning flick will be lucky to hit $9 million for the weekend.
Even after a deluge of personal appearances by star Steve Martin over the past week, the completely unnecessary “Panther” sequel opened to a disappointing $3.3 million. The family friendly comedy should get a bit of a bump from Saturday matinees, but it appears “Coraline” may have dug into “Panther’s” audience more than anyone expected. At this point, “Panther” is looking at around $10 million for the weekend, a far cry from the $20 million the first Martin flick opened to a little less than three years ago. Perhaps the spirit of the original Inspector Clouseau, Peter Sellers, had just enough of his classic character being turned into bland Hollywood fare?
According to Box Office Mojo, here are the results for Friday’s box office. Look for complete weekend totals tomorrow on HitFix.
1. “He’s Just Not That Into You,” $10.5 million
2. “Taken,” $6.3 million, $39 million to date
3. “Coraline,” $4.5 million
4. “Push,” $3.5 million,
5. “The Pink Panther 2,” $3.3 million, $3.3 million to date
6. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” $2.7 million, $88 million to date
7. “The Uninvited,” $2.1 million, $14 million to date
8. “Gran Torino,” $1.9 million, $115 million to date
9. “Slumdog Millionaire,” $1.9 million, $71 million to date
10. “Hotel for Dogs,” $1.1 million, $50 million to date