Pixar’s Wall*E came into the weekend with an 800 theater advantage over Universal’s Wanted and took advantage, winning the number one spot with a hefty $62.5 million per box office estimates.
Wanted wasn’t too shabby, either, snatching $51.2 million and enjoying a $500 per-screen average higher than Wall*E thanks in part to its R-Rating more suited for evening showings when ticket prices are higher.
Though Wall*E came out on top, executives at Universal are probably throwing the bigger celebration. Wanted cost an estimated $75 million to make, less than half the $180 million price tag Disney and Pixar had for Wall*E.
Elsewhere in the top 10, Get Smart held strong in a $20 million take, upping its total box office take to over $77 million.
The big losers are M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Mike Myers The Love Guru and Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, all of which are headed towards a quick theatrical exit with $3.9, $5.4 and $3.2 million takes respectively.
The complete top 10 estimated box office takes for June 27-29 are as follows.
- 1. Wall*E: $62.5m
- 2. Wanted: $51.2m
- 3. Get Smart: $20m
- 4. Kung Fu Panda: $11.8m
- 5. The Incredible Hulk: $9.2m
- 6. The Love Guru: $5.4m
- 7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: $5m
- 8. The Happening: $3.9m
- 9. Sex and the City: $3.8m
- 10. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan: $3.2m
The extended July 4 weekend will see Will Smith’s Hancock attempt to single-handedly take a chunk out of Wanted and Wall*E’s dominance with an early Wednesday head start on July 2. Look for the HDR Hancock review tomorrow (Monday).
You can put in your best guess for how next week shakes out in our official Guess the Box Office thread in the HDR Forums.