By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Summit Entertainment, Variety
Wow. After seeing I Love You, Man on Friday I could have swore that the weekend would have gone to that. The film was funny and, unlike most comedies in the past year, touching. But I guess Nicolas Cage has been due. After a series of flops, his sci-fi thriller Knowing did take the top spot, as expected.
Knowing the Box Office
Knowing opened up to $24.8 million over the weekend, easily giving the film the top spot at the box office. Though I Love You, Man was the best reviewed of the new releases, the film actually came in below expectations with $18 million, giving it the number two spot.
I'm thinking that The International left a bad taste in people's mouths, as why else would Duplicity, a creative comedy starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts, only open to $14.4 million? I would have thought a bit more, but at least the film still landed amongst the top three earners over the weekend.
With each wide release coming in below expectations, it comes as no surprise that this weekend's box office is down 5% from the same frame last year. Hollywood doesn't need to worry just yet, however, as 2009 is still far ahead of 2008 in terms of ticket sales.
One last film worth noting is Warner Bros. Watchmen. The film dropped another 62% in its third frame to earn $6.7 million; bringing its total domestic take to $98.1 million.
Sadly, it looks like this daring project, which I thought was a great success, won't make back its budget. I can only hope this doesn't prevent Warner Bros. from creating cool and unique movies in the future.