Easter Moviegoers Dig Holes

Buena Vista’s adaptation of the award-winning book by Louis Sachar landed in the No. 2 spot, right behind Sony’s Anger Management this past Easter weekend. The PG-rated Holes managed to bring in an estimated $17.1 million during its debut weekend, which is quite impressive for a comedy-adventure family picture. The film is directed Andrew Davis (The Fugitive), stars Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette and Tim Blake Nelson, and centers on mysterious goings on at a juvenile detention center.

Sony’s Anger Management, starring Jack Nicolson and Adam Sandler, continued to hold on to the top spot, bringing in an estimated $25.6 million, making its total gross a heady $80.3 million in 10 days.

Warner Bros.’ poorly reviewed Jamie Kennedy-starrer Malibu’s Most Wanted held the third slot with a $13.1 million debut, while MGM’s Bulletproof Monk, which stars Chow Yun-Fat and Sean William Scott, brought in $11.7 million at No. 4. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s Phone Booth rang in an estimated %5.7 million during its third weekend to place fith.

One beautifully shot movie worth seeking out in theaters in the next few months is Sony Pictures Classics’ Winged Migration, which opened in New York in one theater and grossed a surprising $36,710. Directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin, this G-rated film about the migratory journey of birds around the globe opens May 2 in Los Angeles and continues to expand through summer. This visually stunning documentary was shot during the course of three years in seven different continents.