By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, Variety
The Day the Earth Stood Still
While The Day the Earth Stood Still couldn't impress the critics, we already knew that wouldn't stop the film from achieving box office glory. Taking in an estimated $31 million, the remake easily took the number one spot at the BO over the weekend.
Box Office Winner: The Day the Earth Stood Still
With 3,500+ theaters playing the sci-fi remake, 20th Century Fox showed that it wasn't taking any chances; the studio has been desperate for a winner. Fortunately for them, this time it worked. While the word of mouth will likely hurt TDTESS in the coming weeks, the film enjoyed a strong opening bow with $31 million domestically and $39 million overseas. With $70 million worldwide, The Day the Earth Stood Still saw one of the bigger December openings for a non-sequel.
Other than the top three films -- which also included Four Christmases ($13.3 million) and Twilight ($8 million) -- the weekend box office was relatively weak.
Opening this weekend, Nothing Like the Holidays was only able to round up $3.5 million while the CG-animated adventure, Delgo, fell flat during its opening bow with less than one-million.
Though coming in at number four, Disney's Bolt continues to impress by falling only 23% from last weekend with another $7.5 million earned. Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to keep this weekend ahead of the same frame last year.
While everybody else has been discussing how bad the economy is, Hollywood has been enjoying consecutive weekends of big numbers; as in bigger than last year. While this weekend didn't even come close to the same frame last year, which saw I Am Legend earn a whopping $77.2 million, the year is still ahead of last year's record-breaking haul.
With big films still on their way before the New Year, one can assume that 2008 will remain out in front.