Weekend Box-office Review: Audiences dig Kutcher in Open Season
By Scott Rosenberg Oct 2, 2006, 0:10 GMT
LOS ANGELES, CA, United States (M&C) -- Its official folks, audiences prefer the animated Ashton Kutcher.
Tops at the box-office this past weekend was Sony’s first animated feature ‘Open Season’ starring the voice of Kutcher, Martin Laurence, Debra Messing and others.
In ‘Open Season,’ Kutcher voices a mule deer, sidekick to Martin Laurence’s domesticated bear “Boog”
Taking in $23 million from 3,833 locations, ‘Open Season’ beat out Buena Vista’s ‘The Guardian,’ the other Ashton Kutcher star vehicle opening this past weekend.
In Guardian, Kutcher plays a rookie Coast Guard rescue swimmer to Costner's seasoned veteran. Guardian took in $17.7 million from 3,241 locations.
Paramount’s ‘Jackass: Number Two’ loved by testosterone driven young males is surprising industry analysts, taking the third spot this past weekend – its second release week with $14 million from 3,053 locations. The film has now made over $51.5 million in just 10 days. Not bad for a film made on a $12 million budget.
In fourth place this weekend was the Weinstein Company release ‘School for Scoundrels’ starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Billy Bob’s character runs a program that is supposed to turn timid men into macho guys – with the teacher ending up competing with his students for their women. Scoundrels took in $9.1 million from 3,004 theaters.
Rogue Features ‘Fearless’ released by Focus Features came in 5th this weekend, in its second release week. The Jet Li starrer took in $4.7 million from 1,810 locations bringing its ten day total to $17.8 million.
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