By Michelle Kung
Updated September 08, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Protector

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Given the utter lack of options, moviegoers predictably stayed away from theaters this weekend. Sony?s male witch horror flick The Covenant topped out the box office with a mere $9 million dollars, according to early studio estimates. $9 million dollars. Jeez. You don?t have to be a numbers genius to realize that?s pretty freaking awful. But really, what can you expect from a film that has no stars, wasn?t screened for critics, and was ”directed” by Renny ”Cutthroat Island” Harlin — whose last film, 2005?s ludicrous Mindhunters, opened at $1.9 million and plateued at $4.5 million?

In fact, six of the weekend?s top ten films grossed less than $5 million each, bringing the combined total to a staggering?$49.7 million. Down 30 percent from last year, it?s Hollywood?s worst weekend since David Spade?s clunker Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star sat atop the chart with a $6.7 million No. 1 opening in September 2003. That?s gotta hurt.

Rounding out the new releases, Hollywoodland, the George Reeves whodunit starring Ben Affleck and Diane Lane, grossed a passable $6 million on 1,548 screens, and the Weinstein Co?s martial arts epic The Protector posted similar numbers, earning $5.0 million on 1,541 screens. Meanwhile, former two-week champ Invincible relinquished its top spot after dropping 50 percent. The feel-good sports drama now stands at $45.7 million.

The Protector

  • Movie
  • R
  • 84 minutes
  • Prachya Pinkaew