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Serenity debuts to modest $10m

Although Sunday is not over, the major studios already have released box
office estimates to news organization for the full weekend based on Friday
and Saturday numbers. Final Numbers will be released Monday afternoon:

# / Title Weekend $ / #Theatres / Per Showing

1 / Flightplan / $15,038,000 / 3,424 / $4,391

2 / Serenity / $10,141,000 / 2,188 / $4,634

3 / Corpse Bride / $9,755,000 / 3,204 / $3,044

4 / History of Violence / $8,200,000 / 1,340 / $6,119

5 / Into the Blue / $7,000,000 / 2,509 / $2,509

6 / Just Like Heaven / $6,100,000 / 3,543 / $1,721

7 / Exorcism of Emily / $4,400,000 / 3,004 / $1,464

8 / Roll Bounce / $4,025,000 / 1,661 / $2,423

9 / Greatest Game Ever / $3,749,000 / 1,014 / $3,697

10 / 40-Year-Old Virgin / $3,110,000 / 2,152 / $1,445

Films usually make 3 to 5 times the opening weekend – which puts serenity in
the $30 million to $50 million range (worldwide grosses are usually double –
making the probable gross $60 million to $100 million worldwide.)

Day-by Day Estimates by Studios

# / Title / Friday / Saturday / Sunday
1 FLIGHTPLAN / $4,450,000 / $6,600,000 / $3,990,000
2 NEW SERENITY / $3,917,000 / $3,676,000 / $2,548,000
3 CORPSE BRIDE / $2,810,000 / $4,500,000 / $2,500,000
4 HISTORY OF VIOLENCE / $2,500,000 / $3,250,000 / $2,450,000
5 NEW INTO THE BLUE / $2,425,000 / $2,885,000 / $1,690,000
6 JUST LIKE HEAVEN / $1,870,000 / $2,745,000 / $1,485,000
7 EXORCISM OF EMILY / $1,340,000 / $2,000,000 / $1,060,000
8 ROLL BOUNCE / $1,000,000 / $2,000,000 / $1,025,000
9 NEW GREATEST GAME EVER / $1,050,000 / $1,600,000 / $1,100,000
10 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN / $926,000 / $1,442,000 / $742,000

2005 Opening Grosses for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films, by overall rank of all films
released for the year (112 total so far)

# / Title / Opening Gross
1 Revenge of the Sith $108,435,841
2 War of the Worlds $64,878,725
3 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory $56,178,450
4 Fantastic Four $56,061,504
6 Batman Begins $48,745,440
10 Robots $36,045,301
11 The Ring Two $35,065,237
15 The Exorcism of Emily Rose $30,054,300
16 Constantine $29,769,098
17 Sin City $29,120,273
20 White Noise $24,113,565
21 The Amityville Horror (2005) $23,507,007
29 The Hitchhiker’s Guide $21,103,203
32 Bewitched $20,131,130
34 Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride $19,145,480
35 Boogeyman $19,020,655
40 Just Like Heaven $16,408,718
42 The Skeleton Key $16,057,945
43 The Brothers Grimm $15,092,079
48 Stealth $13,251,545
50 Elektra $12,804,793
54 Shark Boy and Lava Girl $12,582,088
55 The Island $12,409,070
58 House of Wax $12,077,236
62 Land of the Dead Uni. $10,221,705
65 Serenity $10,141,000
68 Cursed $9,633,085
78 Son of the Mask $7,511,675
84 The Cave $6,147,294
104 Mindhunters $1,911,358

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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