Actuals Are In...
by Brandon Gray
April 26, 1999
The Matrix was able to reclaim the top spot during this traditionally slow period at the box office. The total of the top ten was down 28% from last week, though about even with the same period last year.
The Matrix took its biggest hit yet, dropping nearly 30% to $12.6 million. Fortunately for it, Life performed like an Eddie Murphy picture usually does (aside from those 60's remakes), plunging 45% to $11.3 million.
Pushing Tin performed about as well as a picture whose studio has given up on it could be expected to, making only $3.6 million. It's odd that Fox did not give it a wider release and more aggressive marketing campaign, given the paucity of adult fare in the marketplace. Though it wouldn't have been a hit, it still could have performed modestly. By the way, Angelina Jolie is the latest "it girl" with nary a hit movie to her name.
Lost and Found made $3 million from 2,469 screens. That amounts to a truly pathetic $1,225 per screen average. With the hullabaloo over The Matrix and Analyze This, people seem to forget that Warner Bros. also has been putting out disasters like The King and I, True Crime, Goodbye Lover, and this one.
With $810,262 from 256 screens, David Cronenberg's eXistenZ performed a bit better than his last picture, Crash. But don't expect it to reach beyond his usual audience.
Election was able to stay in the race, raking in $119,080 from 6 screens. With it's healthy $19,847 per screen average, Paramount has decided to expand the critically acclaimed picture this weekend.
For all the numbers, check out Weekend Box Office.