antiTainment NEWS: Brad Pitt Hits a Homer With Troy 

05-17-04 Keavin
Brad Pitt hit a "Homer" with Troy, leading the film to the top of the North American box office this weekend. The epic theatrical adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad, grossed $45.6 million on Friday and Saturday. Last week’s No.1, “Van Helsing” brought in $20.1 million, an over 60% drop for its debut last weekend. “Troy” still has a long way to go to break even. The movie cost an estimated $175 to $200 million to produce. But Warner Bros. points to the first week of “Gladiator” with $34.8 million, and the fact that the film went on to earn $187 million at the box office. Some expect this film to follow a similar pattern. The length of the film also plays a factor, with a 162-minute run time, there are less screenings to sell tickets for.  

As for the rest of this weekend's box office, it was all about the teenies as teen themed flicks dominated the rest of the Top 10. "Mean Girls" staring Lindsay Lohan came in third with $10.1 million. "13 Going on 30" landed in sixth place with $4.2 million, and the Olsen twins came in 7th with $3.7 million. 

This week’s only other top 10 debut was the Jamie Foxx comedy "Breakin' All the Rules," which brought in $5.3 million to land in fourth place.  

Estimated North American box office Top 10 for Friday and Saturday:  1 - “Troy” - $45.6 million;   2 - “Van Helsing” - $20.1 million; 3 - “Mean Girls” - $10.1 million; 4 - “Breakin' All the Rules” - $5.3 million; 5 - “Man on Fire” - $5.2; million; 6 - “13 Going on 30” - $4.2 million; 7 - “New York Minute” - $3.7 million; 8 - “Laws of Attraction” - $2 million; 9 - “Kill Bill -- Vol2” - $1.6 million; 10 - “Godsend” - $1 million. 


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