Weekend Report (cont.): 'Phantom Menace' Moves Up to Fifth All-Time

by Ray Subers
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

February 12, 2012

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace had to settle for fourth place, though it still tallied a solid $22.5 million. That's right in between The Lion King ($30.2 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($17.8 million) among recent 3D re-releases. The movie did sell fewer tickets than any of the 1997 Star Wars re-releases, though that was to be expected given its middling reputation and wide home viewing availability. The audience was 60 percent male and 51 percent were 25 years of age and older, and 99 percent of ticket sales were for 3D presentations.

Thanks to the re-release, The Phantom Menace moved up from seventh to fifth place on the all-time chart with a $453.6 million total. By next weekend, it should move past the original Star Wars's $461 million to take fourth place and first among all Star Wars movies.

Last weekend's winner Chronicle fell to fifth place, though it only dipped 45 percent to $12.1 million. That's a strong hold considering its two main genres (found footage and superhero) are notoriously front-loaded. With just shy of $40 million in the bank already, the Chronicle 2 rumblings should be starting any day now.

The Woman in Black dropped 52 percent to $10.1 million. That's not a great hold, but it is at least on the better end for supernatural horror movies. The Daniel Radcliffe flick has now earned $35.3 million, and by the end of the week it will pass The Back-Up Plan to become the highest-grossing movie ever for CBS Films.

In its second weekend, Big Miracle plummeted 49 percent to $3.95 million. Through 10 days in theaters, the movie has grossed a meager $13.3 million.

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2005 - 'Hitch' Scores Romantic Comedy Record

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