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
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)
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(Newser) 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.