James Bond is back on top at the box office
James Bond is back on top at the box office -- ''Die Another Day,'' with $13 million, surprisingly topped the debut of ''Analyze That'' to reclaim the No. 1 spot
”Die Another Day,” indeed. James Bond showed remarkable fortitude at the box office this weekend, reclaiming the top spot after a week at No. 2. Even though it dropped 58 percent from last weekend, ”Die Another Day” grossed another $13 million, according to studio estimates, becoming the third film this year (after ”Signs” and ”Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) to hit No. 1 two separate times.
The combined star power of Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry is certainly helping ”Die” live another life in multiplexes — the 20th James Bond film has now grossed $120.4 million in 17 days of release. But perhaps Bond’s best friends this weekend were Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, whose high-profile sequel ”Analyze That” performed surprisingly poorly.
”Analyze That,” the sequel to their $100 million-plus grossing hit ”Analyze This,” premiered with a disappointing $11.3 million, a full $7 million less than ”This” debuted with three years ago. A few months ago, ”That” looked extremely promising thanks to a hysterical teaser-trailer in which Crystal slapped a sobbing De Niro. But as critics began panning the film as unoriginal and uninspired, audiences realized this wasn’t the must-see sequel they thought it would be. As a result, ”Analyze That” could end up grossing less than half of what its predecessor made.
After a second trip to No. 1 over Thanksgiving weekend, ”Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” plummeted a horrible 69 percent to only $10 million this weekend, bringing its total to $213.9 million. As of now, a $300 million final tally isn’t such a sure thing. (The first ”Harry Potter” topped out at $317 million last year.)
Opening in fourth place was the crime drama ”Empire,” starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, and Isabella Rossellini, with a respectable $6.3 million, placing it ahead of the Disney animated flop ”Treasure Planet,” which dropped 53 percent from its low opening to $5.7 million. You can’t score much treasure with that.