Box Office Report

Scare Tactic

''Freddy vs. Jason'' kills the box office competition. Dave Karger says the horror flick takes the number one spot for the second week

Robert Englund, Freddy vs. Jason | READY FREDDY? The horror sequel managed to claw its way to the top... again
READY FREDDY? The horror sequel managed to claw its way to the top... again

''Freddy vs. Jason'' plummets 63 percent from last week and still ends up as the No. 1 film of the weekend? Yep, it's the end of the summer.

Proving yet again that late August is one of the slowest box-office periods of the year, the horror sequel managed a second week at the top spot despite earning only $13.5 million. That low figure marks the first time no film has earned at least $20 million since April. After 10 days of release, however, ''Freddy vs. Jason'' has scared up $61.5 million, not bad for a combination of two all-but-dead movie franchises.

Second place again went to ''S.W.A.T.,'' which fell 40 percent in its third week to $10.8 million. The thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell has now grossed $88.1 million and should cross $100 million in the next week or two.

Kevin Costner's Western ''Open Range'' and the Jamie Lee Curtis family comedy ''Freaky Friday'' held on well, virtually tying for third place with $9.4 each. That's a 30 percent drop for ''Open Range,'' whose total after 10 days is $29.2 million, and a 33 percent slip for ''Freaky Friday,'' which has earned $74.5 million in three weeks.

The only new release to even crack the top five was Jackie Chan's ''The Medallion," which premiered with a disappointing $8.2 million. But at least it fared better than Ashton Kutcher's long-delayed comedy ''My Boss's Daughter,'' which placed 10th with only $5 million, and the Lisa Kudrow/Damon Wayans culture-clash comedy ''Marci X,'' which opened at No. 17 with a ridiculously low $865,000, thanks to a per-theater average of $720. Suddenly ''Gigli'' doesn't seem like that big of a flop.

Originally posted Aug 24, 2003