The top two spots at the box office played out exactly as expected: the surprises came in the rest of the Top Ten this weekend! As expected Eagle Eye won the box office this weekend with $29.2 million. In second was that Richard Gere-Diane Lane flick Nights in Rodanthe, with $13.4 million. Those two performed exactly as most people expected.
Lakeview Terrace was in third place, but the big surprise was in fourth place when Fireproof took in $6.5 million from 839 screens. Now, I didn’t see this coming at all and neither did anyone else, for that matter. This was a flick aimed at a mainly Christian audience that starred Kirk Cameron. Yes, that Kirk Cameron. It was about a firefighter who turns to God to save his marriage.
Doesn’t sound like the kind of movie that would do rip-roaring business, right? I would have thought this movie would do maybe $2 million or even $3 million, absolute tops. Yet it made $6.5 million!!
That showing has left all of us box office prognosticators with egg on our faces, because NO ONE saw that coming at all. Are there really that many Kirk Cameron fans in the United States of America?! I guess so, eh?!
Also out of the blue was a generally dismal showing for Spike Lee at the box office. I know that Miracle at St. Anna did not get particularly great reviews, but still, ninth place? At $3.5 million? That is dismal, folks. Keep in mind this flick was on the festival circuit and got a lot of press from a lot of people. Yet this “Spike Lee joint” makes only $3.5 million, while Fireproof gets $6.5 million!
Think about it, friends. Spike Lee lost to that guy from “Growing Pains”. Now, that is sad.
Of the other new movies that rolled out this weekend: Choke made $1.3 million while The Lucky Ones made $208,000. Overall, the box office looked like this:
So much for another embarrassing weekend for yours truly in predicting the order of finish. Why the heck do I bother after a weekend like this one? It’s fair to say the appeal of Kirk Cameron movies is totally lost on me.
I’ll be back for more punishment later this week when I make more predictions here at the Reject Report!