While I typically won't talk box office numbers too often on here, I thought this weekend provided some interesting results. Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are achieved the #1 spot as most people thought it would, earning an estimated $32.5 million. This represents a solid opening for the big-budget art film, which had been plagued by some very public post-production troubles. It's nice to see a major studio take a gamble on what ultimately is a very personal film and one that won't appeal to everyone. Any time a movie like this can succeed, it gives me hope that more projects along these lines can be made.
Meanwhile, the Gerard Butler starring Law Abiding Citizen came in at #2 with a solid $21.3 million, proving once again that Americans have a thing for blood-lust.
The real surprise of the weekend was the #3 spot which went to Paranormal Activity, the independently financed horror film. Expanding to only 760 theaters the film grossed an estimated $20.2 million, representing an incredible achievement for the $11,000 budgeted project.
Rounding out the top 5 were Couples Retreat at #4 and The Stepfather at #5.