Wanna hear something really scary? A movie called Boogeyman is the No. 1 film in the country.
Grossing $19.5 million in its first weekend, according to studio estimates, the fright-filled thriller starring Barry Watson and Lucy Lawless easily topped the box office chart, opening just shy of the $22 million take of last week’s horror flick, Hide and Seek.
Second place went to Debra Messing’s romantic comedy The Wedding Date, which premiered with $11 million despite playing in about half the theaters as Boogeyman. (In fact, both films had nearly identical per-theater averages.)
The family comedy Are We There Yet? saw another strong weekend, slipping only 36 percent to $10.4 million, bringing its three-week total to $51.1 million, while Hide and Seek plummeted 60 percent (typical for a horror film) to $8.9 million. And helped by its two wins at this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild awards, the boxing drama Million Dollar Baby fell only 29 percent in its second weekend of wide release to $8.8 million. The big question: Whether its strong Oscar buzz will help this Baby fight its way past $100 million.