LOS ANGELES (AP) – The political thriller ‘Vantage Point’ secured the top spot at the weekend box office, earning an estimated $24 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The previous No. 1 movie, 20th Century Fox’s ‘Jumper,’ dropped to second with $12.7 million, raising its domestic total to $56.2 million in two weeks. Paramount’s family fantasy ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ was a close third with $12.6 million. Disney’s dance saga ‘Step Up 2 The Streets’ and Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy ‘Fool’s Gold’ rounded out the top five.
‘Vantage Point,’ a Sony (NYSE:SNE) Pictures action-drama about a presidential assassination seen from the viewpoints of different characters, included a star-studded ensemble cast that featured Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox as Secret Service agents.
‘Audiences really love it when they get a summer-style popcorn movie at a time of the year when they don’t expect it,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers.
The studio said ‘Vantage Point’ appealed to a broad audience — 52 percent of moviegoers were male and half were under age 30.
‘It’s fresh with lots of twists and turns. Audiences become very invested in it,’ said Rory Bruer, Sony president of distribution.
The only other new release to crack the top 10 was the Jack Black comedy ‘Be Kind Rewind,’ which took in $4.1 million and was tied at No. 7 with ‘Juno.’ The Fox Searchlight pregnancy comedy has rung up $130 million since opening 12 weeks ago.
Paramount Vantage’s oil saga ‘There Will Be Blood’ moved up two slots to No. 10 with $2.6 million for a total of $35 million in nine weeks.
The weekend’s other two debuts, Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) ‘Witless Protection’ and MGM’s ‘Charlie Bartlett,’ came in at Nos. 13 and 14, respectively.
Box office revenues were down for the second straight week. The top 12 movies grossed $90 million, down 23 percent from last weekend and 10 percent from the same weekend in 2007.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. ‘Vantage Point,’ $24 million.
2. ‘Jumper,’ $12.7 million.
3. ‘Spiderwick Chronicles,’ $12.6 million.
4. ‘Step Up 2 the Streets,’ $9.8 million.
5. ‘Fool’s Gold,’ $6.3 million.
6. ‘Definitely, Maybe,’ $5.2 million.
7. ‘Juno,’ $4.1 million.
7. ‘Be Kind Rewind,’ $4.1 million.
9. ‘Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,’ $4 million.
10. ‘There Will Be Blood,’ $2.6 million.
According to Box Office MoJo Vantage Point is in the lead to be the top grossing movie this weekend.
I just got back from seeing it and really, really enjoyed it.
“Lost” fans finally got new glimpses of their fearless (and, apparently, utterly bonkers at some future date) leader, Jack Shephard, when the brain-teasing hit show began its fourth season at the end of January.
And in his new movie, “Vantage Point,” Fox’s Secret Service agent Kent Taylor can be seen trying to save an American president from a Spanish assassination plot again and again and again. The movie depicts the same shooting from eight different perspectives, revealing more information each time it rewinds.
Fox was raised on an isolated Wyoming ranch and loves living in Hawaii with his wife of 17 years and their two children, out of focal length from most paparazzi lenses. And though the 41-year-old actor isn’t one to seek attention, he doesn’t mind if his current ubiquity pleases many adoring fans.
Now, if we could only figure out what his characters are up to.
Let’s talk about your character in “Vantage Point.” Oh wait, we can’t.
It’s kinda tricky; I’m not used to that. We really wanted to find ways of foreshadowing stuff that audiences wouldn’t necessarily see the first time around, but after the realization they would go, “Oh. Yeah.” So we were playing with levels of it and trying to make something that was nuanced.
Smoke monsters? Ghosts? Pirates? Renegade researchers experimenting with wormholes and polar bears?
All minor headaches compared to the thorniest threat Matthew Fox and his fellow Lost castaways have faced: Namely, fickle fair-weather fans.
“Those were all bandwagon jumpers. Those were the people who would not have been Lost fans to begin with,” says Fox of the millions of viewers who bailed during the stormy sophomore season and had many observers wondering if the phenomenally-popular series would ever regain its momentum.
“We won the Emmy. We won the Golden Globe – and then we had a whole bunch of people jump on just because they couldn’t stand being left out and they weren’t really Lost fans to begin with.
“And they all went away.”
Having been a father for 10 years, one might assume Matthew Fox would have some great words of wisdom for father-to-be and his We Are Marshall co-star Matthew McConaughey, but he begs to differ.
“That’s a tough one,” Matthew tells OK! at the Vantage Point premiere. “Being a father is an individual experience and I wouldn’t really feel qualified to give anyone advice other than just trying to do the very, very best job you possibly can.”
Matthew and his wife Margherita Ronchi have two children together, daughter Kyle, 10 and son Byron, 7. Unlike some other celebrity clans, the family is rarely snapped together — a benefit of living in Hawaii, where the 41-year-old actor has been calling home since Lost started in 2004.
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During our extensive research in preparation for the premiere of the new thriller Vantage Point, we observed that Matthew Fox, the not-bad-to-look-at star of Lost, grew up on a horse ranch in Wyoming. We kept this in mind as we prepared to interview Vantage‘s stars on the big night, thoughtfully studying our list of questions, prioritizing some and eliminating others (probably there would be technical difficulties involved in asking Mr. Fox to remove his shirt, for instance). By the time Matthew, who we will always remember as Charlie on Party of Five, reached us on the red carpet, he was overwhelmed by reporters with tape recorders. They all were assaulting him with questions about his role as a Secret Service agent. At a lull, we took a deep breath and jumped in with the number-one question on our finely honed list.
New York: Mr. Fox, you grew up on a horse farm?
Fox: On a ranch, yes. [Ed: Hey, we live in the city. We think every farmer has a "dell."]
New York: Then you must have eaten Rocky Mountain Oysters. [The reporters around us look perplexed. Why didn't we want to know what his summer plans were?]
Fox: [Grinning slightly] Yes, I have. They were very good.
Victory! Another celebrity admits to eating bovine testicles! —Bennett Marcus
Starring in Lost, where you’re never sure what lurks around the next palm tree or why, got Matthew Fox ready for Vantage Point. It’s a thriller that keeps replaying a presidential assassination from the varying viewpoints of everyone from the Secret Service to the assassins. “I think it’s provocative and timely,” Fox says, “the idea that one event can be perceived so differently by different people, depending on who they are and if they have an agenda. It’s always amazing to me how people can walk around thinking that the way that they see the world is the only way because it’s just not the truth.”
That’s about all we can say about Vantage Point without spoiling the surprises that keep on coming. I can tell you that Matthew is in the middle of a car chase, which is the longest and scariest since The Bourne Supremacy. But, he confessed he left the driving to the stunt guys. “I love getting behind the wheel, but it was just too intense,” he says.
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