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Box Office Buzz: ‘Zack and Miri’ Don’t Make A No. 1 Movie
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Nothing can stop the power of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which again takes the top slot at the box office grabbing $15 million in its second week, out-earning newcomer Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

This Halloween weekend saw the debut of the Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks as two broke desperate friends who resort to making a porn movie to earn money for their bills. Too bad Zack and Miri only managed to pull in $10.6 million, not nearly enough to push HSM 3 off the top.

Coming in at #3 is the horror sequel SAW V, also in its second week, coming in with $10.1 million this week. The Clint Eastwood drama starring Angelina Jolie, Changeling, which debuted with a limited-run last week, opened wide this weekend earning $9.4 million giving it the #4 slot.

Finishing up the Top 5 this week with $6 million was another newcomer, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, the horror feature about a girl with a horrible fate that awaits her when she turns 18.

Also opening this weekend in exactly one theater was the new Bruce Campbell campy horror My Name Is Bruce, which earned a respectable $18,000. (I mention this because I love Bruce Campbell and $12 of that $18,000 came from me, because I went to that one theater — NYC’s Landmark Sunshine Cinemas — this weekend to see it.)

Opening next week: the Paul Rudd comedy Role Models; Soul Men starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac; the DreamWorks animated sequel Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa; the horror musical Repo! The Genetic Opera, starring Buffy alum Anthony Head; and JCVD starring action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean-Claude Van Damme (I can hear the voiceover now: “Jean-Claude Van Damme is JCVD”).

[Source: Box Office Mojo]

1 Comment »

  1. JCVD is awesome! From a fan’s point of view it is the best Van Damme movie, I’ve ever seen, ever! And from an arthouse film fan’s point of view it is the most impressive combined used of filmmaking and story I’ve seen come from the indie scene this year!

    “With not just one but two impressive one-take sequences – the other is the six-minute action-movie opening – “JCVD” is constructed cleverly enough to please movie buffs, Van Damme fans and those who might be proud to have never seen the “Muscles from Brussels” in action.” – Boston Herald

    Comment by robertk — November 17, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

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