Homers heroes took over Van Helsings monsters this weekend as Warner Bros. expensive epic Troy grossed an estimated $45.6 million at the domestic box office. The Wolfgang Petersen-directed film, which stars Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Peter OToole, also opened internationally in 47 territories, bringing the total global take for the project to $100.6 million. The film features some impressive vfx sequences courtesy of Framestore CFC, The Moving Picture Co., Cinesite and Lola.
Meanwhile Universal executives are praying that the Stephen Sommers vampire frightfest, Van Helsing, wont continue to drop at the box office at the same rate it did during its sophomore weekend. Slipping to the No. 2 spot, the effects-laden film brought in an estimated $20.1 million, but showed a 61% drop from its debut weekend. However, its not all bad news for Hugh Jackmans fearless vampire slayer. The movie has taken in an est. $84.5 million in 10 days, and its worldwide gross is an estimated $179.5 million. Paramounts teen comedy Mean Girls (with an estimated $10.1 million), Screen Gems Jamie Foxx comedy, Breaking All the Rules (est. $5.3 million) and Denzel Washingtons revenge odyssey Man on Fire rounded (est. $5.2 million) rounded up the top five this weekend.
Rialtos Godzilla brought in an estimated $48,000 from four locations, up two from its debut in two a week earlier. The original Japanese-lingo version of the classic 1954 film totaled an impressive $12,000 per theater. Lets hear it for the staying power of director Ishiro Hondas beloved and misunderstood Gojira.