Spider-Man Effect Stalls Box office

Just as an approaching tsunami causes the surf to pull away from the coast before impact, the highly anticipated May 4 debut of Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 obviously sucked up any excitement that moviegoers might have had for this past weekend’s releases. Box office business was slow and none of the newcomers, including the Nicholas Cage vfx thriller Next, was able to dethrone the Paramount/DreamWorks hit Distrubia, which held onto the top spot for a third week.

Disturbia took in an estimated $9 million to bring its three-week gross to more than $52 million. Appealing to the same age group, Buena Vista’s teen supernatural thriller The Invisible earned around $7.6 million. Despite having no big-name actors in the cast, the movie pulled off a coup in taking the No. 2 spot over Cage’s Next.

Featuring visual effects by Comen VFX, Pixel Magic, Digital Dream VFX, Tweak Films, Digiscope, LOOK! Effects and Cinema Production Services Inc, Next entered theaters with fairly heavy price tag to offset but only took in approximately $7.2 million. Still, it did better than fellow openers The Condemned from Lions Gate Films and Kickin’ It Old Skool from Yari Film Group, which grossed around $4 million and 2.8 million respectively.

New Line’s Fracture slipped two notches to the No. 4 spot with approximately $7 million in its second week and the Paramount/DreamWorks comedy Blades of Glory rounds out the top five with an estimated $5.2 million for its fifth week on the ice.

Also in its fifth week, Disney’s animated family comedy Meet the Robinsons slipped from No. 5 to No. 6, taking in around $4.8 million to push its total domestic take just north of $88 million. The pic has proven a hit by most standards, though the onslaught of summer blockbusters is likely to prevent it from crossing the coveted $100 million mark before leaving theaters. Families and animation fans will have moved on to DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third in May and Sony’s Surf’s Up and Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille in June.