Sunday, January 14, 2007
Stomp Shakes Up The Box Office
Yard, directed by Sylvain White and written by Robert Adetuyi (who also penned last week's disappointing Code Name: The Cleaner) danced past other new releases Alpha Dog, Primeval and Arthur and The Invisibles to secure it's place as this week's box office champ.
Black Star Power was in full effect this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. With the addition of Stomp The Yard, three out of the top five films in the country featured predominately African American casts (Golden Globe contenders The Pursuit of Happyness and Dreamgirls were positioned at #3 and #4 on the box office chart, respectively).
Yard, centers around the competitive world of HBCU step shows and stars Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Darrin Dewitt Henson, and Brian J. White.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Tuesday.
1. "Stomp the Yard," $22 million.
2. "Night at the Museum," $17.1 million.
3. "The Pursuit of Happyness," $9.1 million.
4. "Dreamgirls," $8.1 million.
5. "Freedom Writers," $7.1 million.
6. "Children of Men," $6.4 million.
7. "Alpha Dog," $6.1 million.
8. "Primeval," $6 million.
9. "Arthur and the Invisibles," $4.3 million.
10. "The Good Shepherd," $3.9 million.