By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema, Variety
Friday the 13th
Thanks most in part to the incredible opening bow of
Friday the 13th, the President's Day weekend is already breaking records before entering the holiday.
Box Office Hit: Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th opened to an estimated $42.2 million over the weekend. If ticket sales continue as they have, the film will earn the record for best four-day holiday gross for an R-rated release. With a budget of $19 million, the film's first-day take of $19.4 million means that Warner Bros/New Line earned their money back on opening day. All net profit from this point out.
Coming in at number two, the chick flick He's Just Not That Into You owes thanks to Valentine's Day for enabling it to decline a miniscule 29% to $19.6 million.
If you think that's impressive, then prepare to be wowed by Taken. The thriller dropped, get this, 6% from last weekend to take $19.3 million over the weekend. Following that trend, Focus Features' Coraline dropping only 9% to gross $15.3 million.
There was another release to throw into this pack. Hoping for some Valentine's Day help, Confessions of a Shopaholic did just fine with $15.4 million, giving the film the number four spot.
Thanks to the strong numbers across the board, plus the curiously-strong Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the three-day grosses for the top 10 films was up 40% over the same frame last year. Further proof that theatrical releases are (so far) recession proof.