‘Contagion’ Grosses $29.7 Million in First Week

on September 16, 2011 by Daniel Garris

Warner's Contagion rounded out its first week in theatres with $1.70 million on Thursday. The Steven Soderbergh directed film starring Matt Damon has led the daily box office for seven consecutive days, but is extremely likely to see that streak snapped this weekend by Disney's The Lion King 3D. Contagion was up a very solid 7 percent over Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. For the week Contagion easily took first place with a seven day start of $29.71 million. That was in line with expectations and places the film 10 percent ahead of the pace of The Adjustment Bureau.

The Help also experienced a nice daily hold by increasing 8 percent over Wednesday. The Disney released DreamWorks film grossed $0.95 million to remain in second place. The Help was down just 27 percent from last Thursday, as holdovers in general held up well compared to last Thursday's NFL opening night deflated grosses. The Help finished in second place for the week with $12.53 million. That was down 48 percent from the previous frame and places the film's 37-day total at $140.93 million.

After displaying solid holding power throughout the rest of the midweek, Warrior didn't hold up all that well compared to wide releasews in general on Thursday. The mixed martial arts drama from Lionsgate slid 1 percent from Wednesday to gross $0.436 million on Thursday. That isn't the best sign for the film going forward, especially on the heels of a disappointing opening week performance. Warrior grossed $7.14 million in its first seven days, which placed it in third for the week.

CodeBlack Entertainment's Laugh at My Pain rounded out its first week in theatres with $111,936 on Thursday. The big screen version of Kevin Hart's popular comedy tour posted strong per-location averages throughout the week, as it grossed $2.41 million in its first seven days while playing in just 98 locations. Laugh at My Pain expands today and will be playing in 230 locations this week.

On the other end of the per-location average spectrum, Sony's Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star grossed $110,104 from 1,500 locations on Thursday. The R-rated comedy managed just $1.94 million in its first week of release and will no doubt fade away from theatres extremely quickly.

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Tags: Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, Laugh at My Pain, Warrior, The Help, Contagion

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