Canadian box-office stats — August 28

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.

Wedding Crashers — CDN $22,172,051 — N.AM $187,718,000 — 11.8%
The 40-Year-Old Virgin — CDN $5,146,118 — N.AM $48,726,000 — 10.6%
The Dukes of Hazzard — CDN $7,137,173 — N.AM $74,391,000 — 9.6%
Red Eye — CDN $3,051,801 — N.AM $32,676,000 — 9.3%
The Skeleton Key — CDN $3,315,913 — N.AM $37,899,000 — 8.7%

The Brothers Grimm — CDN $1,299,242 — N.AM $15,093,000 — 8.6%
Four Brothers — CDN $4,755,483 — N.AM $55,331,000 — 8.6%
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — CDN $15,377,896 — N.AM $197,478,000 — 7.8%
Valiant — CDN $869,149 — N.AM $11,551,000 — 7.5%
The Cave — CDN $419,827 — N.AM $6,200,000 — 6.8%

A couple of discrepancies: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was #9 on the Canadian chart (it was #12 in North America as a whole), while March of the Penguins was #7 on the North American chart.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Matthew Francis

    “Wedding Crashers” is still #1? Somewhat surprising, no? Would you agree that this movie was too long and the pacing was sorta off? I guess the cast did deliver what audiences expect, though.

    It’s me Matthew here, Kimberley’s brother… we met at Church a year or so ago.

    I’ve been keeping up with FilmChat. Great resource. Thanks for doing this blog, Peter!

    Also, congratulations on your marriage this past year!

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Hi, Matthew!

    Wedding Crashers was actually #5 in both Canada and North America this past weekend — it appears at the top of this list because, of all the top-ten movies this past weekend, it owes the highest percentage of its revenues to the Canadian box office.

    As for “too long and the pacing was sorta off”, it’s been almost two months since I saw it, so I don’t remember it well enough to say whether I agree — but I definitely felt that the other raunchy R-rated romantic comedy of the summer, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, was too long and oddly paced, and it definitely could have benefitted from tighter editing. Maybe it’s a trait common to these kinds of movies…?

  • Thom

    I never saw it…but easily, 90% of the people I have talked to looooooooooved Wedding Crashers. Then the saw the 40 Year Old Virgin and loved that one even more.