Though the obvious story of the weekend’s box office was I Am Legend (grossing $76.4 million, it was the biggest opening in December EVER as well as Will Smith‘s biggest opening, which is quite the spectacular feat), what blew me away the most was Alvin and the Chipmunks. The poorly reviewed half CGI film somehow took in $45 million. The eighth highest December opening ever, Alvin outdid the likes of Ocean’s 11, Titanic, Night at the Museum and last weekend’s The Golden Compass in terms of openings. I have no idea how this happened. The film’s trailer drew mocking laughter whenever I saw it in a theatre.
But anyway.. its happened. And Alvin could turn into a $200 million movie. Wow.
The weekend was a big one all around. First, it was a massive kick for the overall box office, with astounding numbers from the aforementioned. It also brought news from the limited release front, with Juno finishing at #11 with $1.44 million on only 40 screens. Its whopping $36,000 average out did both Legend and Alvin, and suggests Juno could be quite the juggernaut in wide release.
And it wasnt alone in limited release prosperity. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Atonement both continue to excel, while No Country For Old Men finally hit the top 5 and is heading toward at least $50 million.
The only film that had bad news this weekend, really, is The Golden Compass, which fell 65% and looks like it might not even hit $75 million, a number I Am Legend crossed sometime Sunday evening.