Lots of green for ''Pink Panther''
Dave Karger's weekend wrap-up: Surprise! Steve Martin's ''Pink Panther'' opens at No. 1, while Harrison Ford's ''Firewall'' settles for fourth
I hope none of you placed any friendly wagers based on my box office predictions this weekend, because I could not have been more wrong. Steve Martin’s remake of classic comedy The Pink Panther topped the chart with a strong $21.7 million, according to studio estimates. Though it placed second on Friday, its family-friendly humor allowed it to climb to No. 1 on Saturday and Sunday. Counting the $20.6 million six-day debut of Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Panther marks Martin’s fourth consecutive wide release opening of at least $20 million.
Second place went to Final Destination 3, which grossed $20.1 million, considerably more than the debut tallies of the first two Destination films, which opened at $10 million and $16 million. In third was the animated Curious George, which opened with $15.3 million thanks to its A-list voice cast of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore. And Harrison Ford had to settle for fourth place with $13.8 million for his latest thriller, Firewall. Though that figure is better than the opening weekends of Ford’s last two films ($12.8 million for K-19: The Widowmaker and $11.1 million for Hollywood Homicide), it’s nowhere near the $20 million-plus openings he used to enjoy.
So what did I actually get right in my predictions? Well, When a Stranger Calls did in fact place fifth, falling 54 percent to $10 million from its No. 1 debut last weekend.