By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Variety
The studios should take note. When people assume the economy is going in the shitter, it is the family films, comedies and the holiday select that do well at the box office. Take for instance Four Christmases. In its second weekend, the film took the number one spot once again at the BO.
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Even with mixed word of mouth, Four Christmases declined a modest 41% to collect another $18.2 million over the weekend. The film's total domestic gross is now at $70.8 million in just under two weeks.
While Bolt had a fantastic second weekend (last week), with a 1% gain in performance, the film took a big hit in its third frame. Dropping 64%, the CG-animated toon earned $9.7 million.
The only real misfire over the weekend was Lionsgate's Punisher: War Zone. The only wide release this weekend, the actioner was only able to kill about $4 million in ticket sales. Lionsgate's last (bad) attempt made three times this during its opening weekend.
Not to rub salt on the wound, but Focus Features' Milk has performed better in a much more limited setting. With a strong per-screen average of $17,076 over the weekend, the studio plans to expand the film to more locations in the coming weeks.
And to end on a sour note, it looks like Fox has had yet another epic not perform even remotely close to expectations. While the studio had hoped Australia would prove to have legs in its later frames, the film declined the usual 53% to earn $7 million. With numbers like this, Australia will likely not cross the fifty-million mark domestically. Fox has begun to look overseas to at least cover the film's budget.