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antiTainment NEWS: 'Van Helsing' a Van Hit as Monsters Mash To Box Office


05-09-04 Keavin
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Scathing reviews didn’t keep moviegoers away from ‘Van Helsing’ this weekend, the popcorn monster flick slayed the competition at the box office with estimated gross ticket sales in North America of $54.2 million. This film brought in just over $50 million outside of North America. 

Writer and Director Stephen Sommers (Mummy, Mummy Returns) still needs more ticket sales for the film to break even for Universal Pictures. “Van Helsing” cost a reported $160 million to produce. 

The studio expected a bigger opening weekend, but some critics expected it to bomb. So in the end, it fell in the middle. 

The Olsen twins "New York Minute" debuted at No. 4 with $6.2 million. Last week’s No. 1 “Mean Girls” fell one spot with ticket sales of $14 million, well ahead of No. 3, “Man on Fire,” and “13 Gong on 30” rounded out the Top 10 with $5.5 million. 

Estimated North American box office Top 10 from Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

1 - "Van Helsing” - $54.2 m
2 - "Mean Girls” - $14 m
3 - "Man on Fire” - $7.9 m
4 - "New York Minute” - $6.2 m
5 - "13 Going on 30” - $5.5 m
6 - "Laws of Attraction” - $3.5 m
7 - "Kill Bill -- Vol - 2” - $3 m
8 - "Godsend” - $2.7 m
9 - "Envy” - $2.6 m
10 - "The Punisher” - $1.2 m .



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