‘Rush Hour 3’ races past ‘Bourne’ at box office

first_imgThe film faced tough competition from “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which crossed the $100 million mark in its second week in theaters. With “The Simpsons Movie” coming in a strong third with $11.1 million, for a three-week total of $152 million, Hollywood might be looking at its first $4 billion summer. “We’ve been riding a wave of momentum that started with “Transformers” in July,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “We already stand at $3.6 billion at the box office. The $4 billion summer, once thought an impossibility, is definitely within reach.” The summer movie season runs from the first weekend in May through Labor Day. There are no other blockbuster films scheduled for the summer. But next week’s opening film, “Superbad,” is from the same team that made this year’s hit comedy “Knocked Up” and could do well, Dergarabedian said. This weekend’s top 12 movies grossed 37 percent higher than the same weekend last year. So far this year, box office revenues are up 6.6 percent to $6.324 billion and attendance is up 1.9 percent. The other film opening this weekend, Paramount’s “Stardust,” a well-reviewed adult fairy tale starring Michelle Pfeiffer, didn’t fare so well. The movie took in $9 million, which was good enough for fourth place behind “The Simpsons Movie,” but not as much as might be expected for a film with a cast that included Robert DeNiro, Peter O’Toole and Claire Danes. “The domestic gross came in a notch lower than we thought it would,” said Rob Moore, Paramount’s head of worldwide marketing and distribution. The movie’s theme made it difficult to market in a 30-second TV spot, Moore said. “When you make an original movie, it’s always very challenging to be able to communicate to your audience what the genre is,” Moore said. “These movies tend to be driven by word of mouth and home entertainment.” Paramount has financial partners taking a little more than half of the risk of the film, which Moore said is expected to do better in international markets when it begins opening wide there. The movie, which cost about $70 million to make, will be rolled out in Europe and other markets in October, after the summer’s blockbuster films have had their run. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday. 1. “Rush Hour 3,” 50.3 million. 2. “The Bourne Ultimatum,” $33.7 million. 3. “The Simpsons Movie,” $11.1 million. 4. “Stardust,” $9 million. 5. “Underdog,” $6.5 million. 6. “Hairspray,” $6.4 million. 7. “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” $5.9 million. 8. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” $5.4 million. 9. “No Reservations,” $3.9 million. 10. “Daddy Day Camp,” which opened Wednesday, $3.3 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! People rushed to theaters to see the buddy cop comedy “Rush Hour 3,” making the last of this summer’s big budget Hollywood films the top movie at the weekend box office. The film from New Line Cinema took in $50.2 million according to studio estimates. That was enough to push last week’s top film, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” into second place with $33.7 million. “Rush Hour 3” did not do as well as its predecessor, “Rush Hour 2,” which took in $67.4 million when it was released in 2001. But it was the sixth “threequel” of the summer to open as the weekend’s top film and it ranks as the fourth best August opening of all time. “We really never felt we were going to get where the second one was,” said David Tuckerman, head of distribution for New Line. “The competitive landscape has changed dramatically in the six years since the last film. We figured we’d be in the 50’s and that’s where we are.” last_img

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