Box Office: Tropic Thunder Hops Past The House Bunny

Reject Report: The House Bunny

Well, it turned out to be a really close finish at the box office this weekend, but it didn’t play out the way a lot of people predicted. Tropic Thunder ended up hanging on to first place with a $16 million haul. That was not a surprise. What was surprising, though, was how strongly The House Bunny did.

Anna Faris in The House Bunny

Anna Faris’ Bunny actually took first place on Friday night with 5.9 million to Tropic Thunder’s 4.8 million. The Saturday and Sunday numbers came in strong for Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and the gang, and so they win the weekend by a $1,000,000 margin over The House Bunny, $16.1 to $15.1 million. Death Race was third at $12,3 million and The Dark Knight at $10.3 million. The Dark Knight is now a little bit over $10 million short of the $500 million mark, which they should be able to hit sometime this week.

As I said, though, The House Bunny, which came out of Adam Sandler’s production company and was co-produced by Faris, did better than a lot of people predicted. I had seen predictions of $8 or $9 million for this flick, but it came on and nearly won the weekend. I think this says a lot more about the popularity of that guilty-pleasure “Girls Next Door” TV show than anything else. People who are obsessed with Holly, Bridget and Kendra went out and gave their business to Anna Faris. (Faris was also on the cover of PLAYBOY, too.)

The numbers:

1. Tropic Thunder $16.1million
2. The House Bunny $15.1 million
3. Death Race $12.3 million
4. The Dark Knight $10.3 million
5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
$5.6 million
6. Pineapple Express
$5.6 million
7. Mirrors $4.9 million
8. The Longshots $4.6 million
9. Mamma Mia!
$4.3 million
10. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor $4.0 million

For those of you wondering how The Rocker did in its opening weekend, all I have to say is this: never, never, NEVER let Rainn Wilson be the star of any movie you make ever again, because he is box office POISON. This flick finished in twelfth place for the weekend at $2.75 million!! Ouch!!!

So that is all I have to say about another typical late-August weekend. As for these numbers being down from what we saw earlier this year: well, that’s late-August for you. I don’t know why it is that people suddenly stop going to movies in the middle of August, but we’ve seen it happen before. Maybe it’s because people would rather stay home and watch pre-season NFL football instead. I know some people blame the Olympics for the drops, but I don’t buy it.

Maybe people will be more motivated to go see movies in the middle of the week, instead of sitting at home and watch two weeks’ straight of political conventions on TV. I doubt it! The situation isn’t likely to improve given the junk on its way to theaters near you.

Get ready for Babylon A.D., College, Disaster Movie, Traitor and a wider release for Hamlet 2. And get ready for the Caped Crusader to cross the $500 million mark soon. All this and more next time at the Reject Report!

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