Prom Night nabbed $20.8 million on approximately 3,300 screens at 2,700 venues. The $20 million horror remake's opening was in the upper tier of its genre, though it sold fewer tickets initially than another remake, When a Stranger Calls, as well as the No. 1 picture of the same weekend last year, Disturbia. It succeeded where other remakes like Black Christmas and The Hitcher failed with a theme relatable to its target audience, mostly young females, and eye-catching promotional materials. The original Prom Night grossed around $15 million in its day, the equivalent of nearly $40 million today, adjusted for ticket price inflation. The remake is poised to exceed that total by the end of its run.
Street Kings collected $12.5 million on around 3,000 screens at 2,467 sites, which was middle of the pack among dirty cop dramas and comparable to 16 Blocks. The picture was sold as a rap-infused, ensemble crime thriller, generically posturing instead of standing out with a plot. Also opening, Smart People attracted a meager $4.1 million at 1,106 locations.
The leader of the past two weeks, 21, drew a solid $10.5 million, cooling 32 percent for $61.7 million in 17 days. On the other hand, Leatherheads tumbled over 50 percent in its second weekend to $6.3 million. It was a terrible hit for the period sports comedy that was counting on its adult audience, which typically doesn't rush to theaters on the first weekend, to carry it after a disappointing start. Its total is a soft $21.9 million in ten days.
Fox family titles and the market's two widest releases, Nim's Island and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, held decently, off 31 and 35 percent, respectively. Nim's at a modest $25.4 million in ten days, while Horton remains the year's highest earner with $139.5 million in 31 days.
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