Movie Lovers Get the Point at Box Office

Political thriller opens in first on slow Oscar weekend
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 7:45 PM CST
Movie Lovers Get the Point at Box Office
With poor results for new releases, receipts were down over 7%. One analyst blamed award fever, explaining movie fans want to be home in front of their TV watching the Oscars. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)   (Associated Press)

Vantage Point took top spot at this weekend's box office by nearly doubling the yield of number-two pic Jumper, Variety reports. The Dennis Quaid political thriller banked $24 million to Jumper''s $12.7 million and number-three The Spiderwick Chronicles' $12.6 million, both in their second week. Disney’s Step Up 2 the Streets placed fourth with $9.8 million and Fool’s Gold made fifth with $6.3 million.

Completing the top 10 were Definitely, Maybe ($5.2 million), Juno and Be Kind Rewind (both $4.1 million), Roscoe Jenkins ($4 million), and There Will Be Blood ($2.6 million). Oscar-nominated films saw a boost, but sputtering debuts kept receipts down over last year by 7%. Low numbers are also common on award weekend because movie fans want “to be home in front of their TV watching the Oscars," one analyst told Bloomberg. (Read more Vantage Point stories.)

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