Everyone loves a Cinderella story, and this week moviegoers unexpectedly swarmed to the low-budget comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, making the small film the unanticipated number one at the box office this weekend, according to studio estimates from Media By Numbers.
With a take of $33.8 million, the debut is considered an impressive showing for star Kevin James, who many fans know and love as the star of the television show “The King of Queens” and co-star of 2007’s “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” with Adam Sandler. James plays a mild-mannered security guard who takes on a gang of organized criminals who want to take over the mall he is assigned to protect.
Meanwhile Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” continued it’s strong run, falling to second place with $22.2 million. The drama has earned $73.2 million in six weeks and is being named among possible Oscar contenders.
Three new films opened to the top ten. The horror film “My Bloody Valentine 3-D” was third with $21.9 million. The controversial biopic “Notorious,” which tackles the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s life story, was fourth with $21.5 million, followed by the Nickelodeon comedy “Hotel for Dogs”, which fetched $17.7 million.
Another Oscar hopeful, “Slumdog Millionaire” got a big boost from last week’s Golden Globes win as best drama. The Danny Boyle film surged 56 percent over last weekend, taking tenth place and $5.9 million. Overall, ticket sales were up 33 percent over last weekend and 29 percent over the same weekend last year.
Box Office Grosses
|1||Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)||$33.8M||$33.8M|
|2||Gran Torino (2008)||$22.2M||$73.2M|
|3||My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009)||$21.9M||$21.9M|
|5||Hotel for Dogs (2009)||$17.7M||$17.7M|
|6||Bride Wars (2009)||$11.8M||$37.6M|
|7||The Unborn (2009)||$9.85M||$33.1M|
|9||Marley & Me (2008)||$6.33M||$133M|
|10||Slumdog Millionaire (2008)||$5.9M||$42.7M|