April 10, 2007 / 3:46 AM / 12 years ago

Cool kids Tarantino, Rodriguez iced at box office

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - If Hollywood is high school writ large, then the North American box office saw class clown Will Ferrell prove far more popular than cool kids Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

Director Quentin Tarantino (R) gestures next to director Robert Rodriguez at the after-party for the premiere of "Grindhouse" at the Orpheum theatre in Los Angeles March 26, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

For the second weekend in a row, Ferrell’s figure-skating comedy “Blades of Glory” easily dominated the field, selling $22.52 million worth of tickets, according to final data issued monday. Falling just 32% from its first weekend, the Paramount Pictures release has tallied $67.91 million after 10 days.

Disney’s animated release “Meet the Robinsons” held down the No. 2 spot for a second weekend. The family-friendly film took in $16.72 million — off just 33% — which brought its collective domestic purse to $51.95 million.

Heading into the weekend, the media focused its attention on Dimension Films’ “Grindhouse,” in which Rodriguez and Tarantino join forces to replicate a low-rent double-feature from the ‘70s. But the homage-within-an-homage — Rodriguez contributed the zombie flick “Planet Terror” while Tarantino whipped up a tale of liberated chicks who cross paths with a murderous stunt driver in “Death Proof” — failed to deliver on expectations for the Weinstein Co., opening at No. 4.

While its audience, heavily weighted in favor of over-25 males, awarded the exercise a favorable B-plus rating in exit polling, the movie’s total box office amounted to a disappointing $11.60 million.

While it didn’t enjoy the critical hosannas showered on “Grindhouse,” Sony Pictures’ “Are We Done Yet?” proved the most potent of the weekend’s new arrivals, capturing third place with $14.26 million for the weekend, and $18.52 million since opening Wednesday. The Ice Cube vehicle didn’t quite perform up to the level of its predecessor, 2005’s “Are We Done Yet?,” which opened to $18.6 million.

In fifth place, Warner Bros.’ Hilary Swank horror “The Reaping” picked up $10.03 million for the weekend and $11.96 million since opening Thursday.

The weekend’s remaining wide arrival, 20th Century Fox’s family-oriented “Firehouse Dog” suffered from all the surrounding competition. It was relegated to 10th place, grossing $3.84 million over the three days and a cumulative $5.10 million since its Wednesday opening.

In limited engagements, Miramax Films debuted Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Hoax,” starring Richard Gere as trickster Clifford Irving. In 235 locations, the film scored a respectable $1.5 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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