This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for June 25-27, 2010

by Brandon Gray

June 27, 2010

Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 25-27, 2010:

5 Years Ago - 2005

Topping the weekend, Batman Begins held solidly by summer blockbuster standards in its second outing, dropping 43 percent to $27.6 million. The three new nationwide releases were sourced from 1960s, and none faired particularly well. Bewitched wasn't as enchanting as its makers had hoped, grabbing $20.1 million at 3,174 sites. The picture strayed from its television predecessor with an unrelatable Hollywood send-up, and co-star Will Ferrell was unconvincing as a romantic lead opposite Nicole Kidman. Herbie: Fully Loaded aimed to be an all-encompassing family hit but, in the process, wound up with limited appeal, making $12.7 million at 3,521 sites. Relying mostly on its brand name in the wake of the Dawn of the Dead remake, George A. Romero's Land of the Dead grabbed $10.2 million at 2,249 sites. Weekend Report: 'Batman' Sweeps 'Bewitched,' Swats Bug

10 Years Ago - 2000

Me, Myself & Irene bagged $24.2 million at 3,019 theaters to lead the box office. Though sizable, the opening was unremarkable compared to Jim Carrey's 1990s run, but it was his first physical comedy since Liar Liar in 1997. Aardman's first feature, Chicken Run, debuted in second with a solid $17.5 million at 2,491 sites, which was the biggest opening ever for a stop-motion animated feature. Weekend Chart

15 Years Ago - 1995

Pocahontas was the sole nationwide debut, and it barely edged out Batman Forever's second weekend. Pocahontas earned $29.5 million at 2,569 locations, which was the second highest-grossing opening for an animated feature at the time, behind The Lion King from the previous summer. After breaking the all time opening record the previous weekend, Batman Forever took a relatively steep 45 percent hit, grossing $29.2 million. But its total rose to $106.6 million in just ten days. The holdovers below those two saw minimal drops, including The Bridges of Madison County and Braveheart. Weekend Chart

20 Years Ago - 1990

Tom Cruise, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer attempted to recreate their Top Gun magic with Days of Thunder, which sped into the top spot. The movie delivered Mr. Cruise's biggest opening to date, grossing $15.5 million at 2,307 venues. Yet there was a whiff of disappointment, because, despite the hype and money thrown at the movie, six other pictures had already opened bigger that year. Days of Thunder was still popular, but the same cannot be said for the weekend's other new nationwide release: Bill Cosby vehicle Ghost Dad mustered $4.8 million at 1,213 venues. At least, it was a step up from Mr. Cosby's previous big screen attempt, Leonard Part 6. Meanwhile, Dick Tracy was second with $10.1 million, and Robocop 2 plummeted an alarming 55 percent to $6.4 million in its second weekend. Weekend Chart

25 Years Ago - 1985

Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider mosied into 1,710 locations and posted the then highest-grossing opening for a Western on record: $9.1 million. The weekend, though, may be more memorable for St. Elmo's Fire. The Brat Pack drama ranked fourth with a $6.1 million start at 1,204 locations, which was a bit more than the first Brat Pack drama, The Breakfast Club ($5.1 million opening). Cocoon was second with $7.3 million in its second weekend, while Rambo: First Blood Part II was third with $7 million in its sixth weekend, marching past the $100 million mark in the process. Weekend Chart

Weekend Reports for This Timeframe in Past Years:
2009 -
'Revenge of the Fallen' Rises with Optimal Debut
2008 - 'WALL-E,' 'Wanted' Pack a Wallop
2007 - 'Ratatouille' Cooks, 'Die Hard' Lives
2007 - Moviegoers Spark to 'Transformers'
2006 - 'Superman' Solid If Unspectacular
2005 - 'War of the Worlds' Booms on Independence Day Weekend
2004 - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Ignites Box Office Passion
2003 - 'Charlie's Angels' at Partial Throttle
2002 - 'Mr. Deeds' Goes to Town

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3/11 'Black Panther' Remains Box Office King, Topping $1 Billion Worldwide
3/8 Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'Black Panther' Compete for the Weekend's Top Spot
3/4 'Black Panther' Tops $500 Million, Becoming Tenth Largest Domestic Release All-Time
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WEEKLY: 'Black Panther' Tops the Week with $35.8m
DAILY: Thursday 3/22 (49 tracked)
DAILY: Wednesday, 3/21 (41 tracked)
DAILY: Tuesday, 3/20 (40 tracked)
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DAILY: Monday, 3/19 (40 tracked)
WEEKEND: Weekend Actuals, 'Black Panther' #1
DAILY: Friday, 'Tomb Raider' #1