National Treasure 2National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Disney) will officially become Nicolas Cage’s biggest hit ever some time next week. The continuing adventures of treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates has scooped up another $6.1M on Friday, lifting its domestic cume to $156.9M. The holiday blockbuster will likely deliver a weekend haul of $18.9M, more than enough to win the 3-day frame. By Wednesday or so, NT2 will pass its predecessor for a new Cage best.

ALL-TIME TOP 5 NICOLAS CAGE MOVIES

1. National Treasure – $173M
2. National Treasure: Book of Secrets – $169.7M (estimate)
3. The Rock – $134M
4. Ghost Rider – $115.8M
5. Face/Off – $112.2M

The #2 movie on Friday is the low budget Warner Bros horror pic One Missed Call, which seized a better-than-expected $5.2M. Despite its lack of star power, Missed Call has surprised, in great part, because it is the only new wide release, and it has posted the all-time 5th-best opening day for a January horror release.



ALL-TIME TOP 5 OPENING DAYS FOR JANUARY HORROR FILMS

1. Underworld: Evolution – $10.2M
2. White Noise – $8.9M
3. Hostel – $7.6M
4. Final Destination 2 – $5.7M
5. One Missed Call – $5.2M (estimate)

One Missed Call will be very frontloaded, and it will likely slump to #5 for the weekend with an estimated $13.5M. Still, that is far stronger than last year’s January horror offerings The Hitcher ($7.8M opening) and Primeval ($6M opening).

Alvin & the Chipmunks (Fox), made for a modest $60M continues rolling into January. Its $4.5M Friday (#5 for the day) should translate to a $16M 3-day, good for a 2nd place weekend finish, and a new cume of $176.7M. The Fox family comedy stars CGI versions of Alvin, Simon & Theodore, and these critters have managed the all-time 2nd-best performance for any movie with a CGI star or stars, trailing only King Kong>.

ALL-TIME BEST GROSSING MOVIES WITH A CGI STAR OR STARS
1. King Kong – $218M
2. Alvin & the Chipmunks – $176.7M (estimate)
3. Scooby-Doo – $153.2M
4. Stuart Little – $140M
5. Godzilla – $136.3M

Juno (Fox Searchlight) expanded to 1,925 screens on Friday and the Golden Globe-nominated comedy generated $4.95M with a healthy PTA of $2,571. With breakthrough performances for Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, Juno is headed for an excellent 3rd place weekend finish with $15.35M, bringing its new cume to $51.1M. Written by former stripper Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, by Monday morning, Juno will be the 3rd-best grossing Fox Searchlight title of all time.

ALL-TIME TOP 5 FOX SEARCHLIGHT RELEASES

1. Sideways – $71.5M
2. Little Miss Sunshine – $59.8M
3. Juno – $51.1M (estimate)
4. The Fully Monty – $49.5M
5. 28 Days Later – $45M

The other major story of the weekend is the wildly successful expansion of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage). Adding 49 screens Friday, the searing period drama still impressed with a stunning $5,600+ PTA. With Daniel Day Lewis giving perhaps his best-ever performance, Blood is an arthouse blockbuster, and its headed for an estimated weekend of just over $1M and a 3-day PTA of $21,000 or so.

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY FRIDAY ESTIMATES

1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Disney) – $6.1M, $1,621 PTA [$156.9M cume]
2. NEW – One Missed Call (Warner Bros) – $5.2M, $2,321 PTA [$5.2M cume]
3. I Am Legend (Warner Bros.) – $5.05M, $1,384 PTA [$217.38M cume]
4. Juno (Fox Searchlight) – $4.95M, $2,571 PTA [$40.7M cume]
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks (Fox) – $4.51M, $1,303 PTA [$165.2M cume]
6. P.S. I Love You (Warner Bros.) – $2.51M, $1,019 PTA [$33.8M cume]
7. Charlie Wilson’s War (Universal) – $2.43M, $939 PTA [$46.8M cume]
8. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Sony) – $1.84M, $664 PTA [$26.4M cume]
9. Sweeney Todd (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $1.75M, $1,401 PTA [$34.8M cume]
10. Atonement (Focus) – $1.4M, $2,406 PTA [$15.5M cume]
11. Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – $1.31M, $504 PTA [$33.8M cume]
12. The Great Debaters (Weinstein/MGM) – $1.23M, $956 PTA [$19M cume]
13. Enchanted (Disney) – $1.18M, $612 PTA [$117.1M cume]
14. The Golden Compass (New Line) – $780,000, $484 PTA [$63.5M cume]
15. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Sony) – $615,000, $301 PTA [$16M cume]
*No Country for Old Men (Miramax) – $535,000, $653 PTA [$43.4M cume]
*The Kite Runner (Paramount Vantage) – $445,000, $1,159 PTA [$7.4M cume]
*There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage) – $290,000, $5,686 PTA [$798,000 cume]
*The Savages (Fox Searchlight) – $123,000, $1,118 PTA [$2.2M cume]
*The Orphanage (Picturehouse) – $114,000, $1,652 PTA [$531,000 cume]
*The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Miramax) – $85,000, $1,491 PTA [$1.1M cume]
*The Bucket List (Warner Bros) – $77,000, $4,813 PTA [$1M cume]
*Persepolis (Sony Classics) -$22,000, $3,667 [$259,000 cume]

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY 3-DAY ESTIMATES

1. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Disney) – $18.9M, $5,027 PTA [$169.7M cume]
2. Alvin and the Chipmunks (Fox) – $16.01M, $4,625 PTA [$176.7M cume]
3. Juno (Fox Searchlight) – $15.35M, $7,974 PTA [$51.1M cume]
4. I Am Legend (Warner Bros.) – $14.9M, $4,084 PTA [$227.2M cume]
5. NEW – One Missed Call (Warner Bros) – $13.52M, $6,036 PTA [$13.52M cume]
6. Charlie Wilson’s War (Universal) – $8.39M, $3,238 PTA [$52.8M cume]
7. P.S. I Love You (Warner Bros.) – $8.05M, $3,260 PTA [$39.4M cume]
8. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (Sony) – $6.08M, $2,191 PTA [$30.6M cume]
9. Sweeney Todd (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $5.25M, $4,203 PTA [$38.3M cume]
10. Atonement (Focus) – $5.11M, $8,781 PTA [$19.2M cume]
11. The Great Debaters (Weinstein/MGM) – $4.31M, $3,346 PTA [$22M cume]
12. Enchanted (Disney) – $4.02M, $2,082 PTA [$120M cume]
13. Alien vs. Predator: Requiem – $3.88M, $1,486 PTA [$36.4M cume]
14. The Golden Compass (New Line) – $2.69M, $1,670 PTA [$65.4M cume]
15. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Sony) – $1.9M, $934 PTA [$17.3M cume]
*No Country for Old Men (Miramax) – $1.79M, $2,188 PTA [$44.7M cume]
*The Kite Runner (Paramount Vantage) – $1.64M, $4,288 PTA [$8.6M cume]
*There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage) – $1.08M, $21,324 PTA [$1.6M cume]
*The Savages (Fox Searchlight) – $450,000, $4,091 PTA [$2.5M cume]
*The Orphanage (Picturehouse) – $405,000, $5,870 PTA [$822,000 cume]
*The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Miramax) – $315,000, $5,526 PTA [$1.4M cume]
*The Bucket List (Warner Bros) – $274,000, $17,125 PTA [$1.25M cume]
*Persepolis (Sony Classics) -$80,000, $13,333 [$317,000 cume]

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