The Matrix Wins Box Office But Is Slowed By Elf.
“Revolutions” brought in a whooping $204 million worldwide since opening but at home the film only brought in $50.1 million over this past weekend. That is a big number, but really down from the opening weekend for “Reloaded” which opened with $91.7 million in domestic ticket sales.
There is a silver lining, leaving the weekend numbers aside, “Revolutions” opened last Wednesday and the 5 day domestic totals look much better at $85.4 million. But that is still below the expected $100 million.
What stalled the Matrix at the box office over the weekend? Would you believe an elf? The Matrix captured a little over a third of moviegoers this past weekend but Will Ferrell’s new movie “Elf” captured a fifth, grossing $32.1 million.
The fact that “Elf” received much better reviewers couldn’t have hurt either. But it surely stalled The Matrix’s plans for world domination.
Disney’s “Brother Bear” made a strong second week showing with $18.6 million and “Scary Movie 3” moved down to 4th place with $11.1 million. The new Hugh Grant comedy “Love Actually” missed the top 5, coming in 6th place with $6.6 million, behind “Radio”’s $7.4 million.
Meanwhile, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake tied Runaway Jury for 8th place with an estimated $4.8 million in ticket sales, slighted beaten out by Mystic River which brought in $4.82 million.
Estimated Weekend Box Office.
1. The Matrix Revolutions - $50.1 million
2. Elf - $32.1 million
3. Brother Bear - $18.6 million
4. Scary Movie 3 - $11.1 million
5. Radio - $7.4 million
6. Love Actually - $6.6 million
7. Mystic River - $4.82 million
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - $4.8 million / Runaway Jury - $4.8 million
9. School of Rock - $3.1 million