Sunday, March 15, 2009

'Race to Witch Mountain' takes early box office lead as 'Watchmen' plummets

Dwayne Johnson's Disney update Race to Witch Mountain kicked off the weekend in first position, grossing $6.8 million at the box office on Friday. Family films tend to earn a lot of their money on weekend days, so this movie is well on target to pull further ahead on Saturday and Sunday and win the frame with a gross in the mid-$20 mil range. Meanwhile, the weekend's other new remake, The Last House on the Left, scared up $5.6 mil on Friday the 13th. Fellow freshman flick Miss March was out of the running with just $890,000. And reigning champ Watchmen dropped a hugely disappointing 78 percent from a week ago to bring in a mere $5.4 mil. Friday's figures are below, and please check back here on Sunday for a full weekend recap in the Box Office Report.

1. Race to Witch Mountain -- $6.8 mil
2. The Last House on the Left -- $5.6 mil
3. Watchmen -- $5.4 mil
4. Taken -- $2.1 mil
5. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail -- $1.5 mil

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