PROPOSAL Accepts Victory (Mania.com)

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009

After two weekends where Warner Bros. ruled the box office with their successful buddy comedy The Hangover, audiences chose a comedy of another sort by flocking to theaters to check out Walt Disney’s romantic comedy, The Proposal. The Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds feature launched into 3,056 theaters across the nation and pulled in an estimated $34.1 million as a result. The film held the only double-digit average rate for audiences with $11,163 per showing. With Disney holding the budget down to only $40 million, the film’s debut numbers has already guaranteed a success story in the making for the house that Walt built.

For the third weekend in a row our box office report is being dominated by yet another comedy and this would be the time where we would normally ask: “What happened to the summer genre movies?”
But since we know that Paramount and DreamWorks’ highly-anticipated sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is poised to invade theaters in a few days and rule the genre landscape for the weeks to come, let’s move forward with this weekend’s numbers.
Dropping into 2nd place after dominating the box office for two weekends is Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Hangover, which found another $26.8 million in its third weekend of theatrical release. The film’s still showing on 3,545 prints so it too had a respectable average rate of $7,575 per showing.
Perhaps the biggest story revolving around this film’s numbers is the profit margin that WB executives are seeing here. They produced the film for only $35 million but have earned an estimated $152.9 million after only seventeen days of release. Not only is it the surprise hit of the summer but it will likely finish out on top of this summer’s most profitable when looking at domestic numbers versus cost of production.
Walt Disney and Pixar’s latest animated feature, Up, follows in 3rd place with the film inching ever closer to the top domestic earner of 2009. The adventure earned another $21.3 million this weekend on its 3,832 theaters and has its domestic box office within shouting distance of the year’s top earner, Star Trek. At the moment, Disney is just $15 million shy with a domestic cume of $224.1 million. Give it another weekend and the studio will likely find their film on top of the list.
Sony Pictures has landed in 4th with Year One, with the Jack Black-Michael Cera comedy debuting this weekend into 3,022 theaters and finding only $20.2 million for the fourth spot. Not a terrible debut when considering the studio kept the budget down to a moderate $60 million price tag.
Sony’s remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 dropped two places to 5th by earning an estimated $11.3 million in its second weekend of release. The film’s performance its first two weekends isn’t doing the studio any favors with a budget of $100 million. With this weekend’s numbers in the bag the studio has a domestic gross of $43.3 million.
20th Century Fox continues pulling in decent numbers with their Stiller-led sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The next installment earned another $7.3 million over the weekend to increase their domestic cume to $155.9 million. With the film pulling in another $175.9 million from foreign territories their fantasy adventure has the fourth highest worldwide gross of the summer with $331.8 million in ticket receipts.
Paramount Pictures has also found tremendous success with their reboot of Star Trek. Despite all the box office competition since early May, the latest Enterprise adventure has maintained steady legs at the box office and found the 7th place spot for the second weekend in a row by earning another $4.7 million across the nation. This weekend’s numbers has its domestic gross currently at $239.4 million, which is the best tally of the year until Disney’s Up takes over within the next two weeks.

Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
The Proposal
$34.1 mil
3,056
$11,163
$34.1 mil
$40
2
The Hangover
$26.8 mil
3,545
$7,575
$152.9 mil
$35
3
Up
$21.3 mil
3,832
$5,568
$224.1 mil
$175
4
Year One
$20.2 mil
3,022
$6,684
$20.2 mil
$60
5
The Taking of Pelham 123
$11.3 mil
3,077
$3,672
$43.3 mil
$100
6
Night at the Museum 2
$7.3 mil
2,962
$2,465
$155.9 mil
$150
7
Star Trek
$4.7 mil
2,307
$2,037
$239.4 mil
$150
8
Land of the Lost
$3.9 mil
2,945
$1,350
$43.6 mil
$100
9
Imagine That
$3.1 mil
3,011
$1,030
$11.3 mil
$55
10
Terminator Salvation
$3.0 mil
1,920
$1,599
$119.5 mil
$200

 
Paramount has moved into the 2nd place spot with Star Trek passing Fox’s worldwide numbers from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
But how long will all of these films maintain their current places once Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen enters into the equation? The sequel has already earned an estimated $20 million overseas before the film launches into domestic theaters next week. So how long will it take before it takes control of the list below? That seems to be the question.
 
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $48.0 mil

Domestic: $128.1 mil
Foreign: $316.4 mil
Worldwide: $444.6 mil
 
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

Domestic: $239.4 mil
Foreign: $118.6 mil
Worldwide: $358.0 mil
 
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $177.2 mil
Foreign: $179.5 mil
Worldwide: $356.8 mil
 
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $53.5 mil

Domestic: $155.9 mil
Foreign: $175.9 mil
Worldwide: $331.8 mil
 
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $43.0 mil

Domestic: $119.5 mil
Foreign: $164.8 mil
Worldwide: $284.3 mil
Up Numbers:
Budget: $175 mil
Opening: $68.2 mil

Domestic: $224.3 mil
Foreign: $24.8 mil
Worldwide: $248.9 mil
 
The Hangover Numbers:
Budget: $35 mil
Opening: $44.9 mil

Domestic: $159.9 mil
Foreign: $11.9 mil
Worldwide: $164.8 mil
  
Land of the Lost Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $19.5 mil

Domestic: $43.6 mil
Foreign: $3.2 mil
Worldwide: $46.8 mil
 
The Taking of Pelham 123 Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $23.3 mil

Domestic: $43.3 mil
Foreign: $2.4 mil
Worldwide: $45.7 mil
 
 
Wednesday June 24, 2009 Release
 
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (4,000+)
 
Friday June 26, 2009 Releases
 
My Sister’s Keeper (2,600+)
 
Limited
 
Cheri
New York
The Stoning of Soraya M.
Surveillance
Quiet Chaos
The Hurt Locker
Girl from Monaco
 


Series: Terminator Salvation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek