By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
National Treasure: Book of Secrets proves the value of family-rated adventure by earning a whopping $45.5 million during its opening bow. With the holiday just beginning, the film should make a hefty sum by the time 2008 rolls around.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets a Box Office Hit
While the first National Treasure debuted at only $35.1 million, Book of Secrets was able to outdo its predecessor by ten million. The weekend might have been filled with a selection of new wide releases, the others could not hold up to I Am Legend and Alvin and the Chipmunks, which both held the number two and number three spots, respectively.
Legend declined an estimated 56% from its opening bow to earn another $34.2 million; bringing the film's total cum to $137.5 million in the first ten days.
Alvin and the Chipmunks is also showing some staying power. With a decline of only 35% since its opening weekend, the family friendly film earned another $29 million as it quickly approaches the $100 million mark.
Charlie Wilson's War and Sweeney Todd had a tougher time finding an audience. Both enjoying a wide release this weekend, neither could break the $10 million mark. Hank's political comedy could only score $9.6 million while Tim Burton's Todd followed a step behind with $9.3 million.
Though Todd came in at the back of the top five, Warner Bros. still has reason to be hopeful. Sweeney Todd only played on 1,249 theaters while Wilson's War tripled that number with 3,735.
I Am Legend captivated the moviegoing market looking to get depressed, leaving P.S. I Love You with enough audience left over to earn $6.5 million.
Apatow's streak might have come to an end. His latest production, Walk Hard, came in at number eight with $4.1 million.