Who says non live-action features are in a slump?
Robert Zemeckis's latest collected $9.7 million on Friday, while American Gangster wrestled its way past Bee Movie to remain in second place.
Jerry Seinfeld's feature dropped to third during its third weekend...
Meanwhile, the brand new Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium -- live action but chock full of computer generated effects -- landed at #5 with a $2,650,000 Friday gross.
And The Ten Commandments? Don't ask.
Update: The weekend numbers are in:
1. Beowulf $9.9M Fri, $10.5M Sat, [wkd $28.1M], (cume $28.1M)
2. Bee Movie $3.4M Fri, $6.5M Sat, [$14.3M], ($93.8M)
3. American Gangster $3.8M Fri, $5.8M Sat, [$13.2M], ($100.9M)
4. Fred Claus $3.2M Fri, $5.7M Sat, [$12.5M], ($36.2M)
5. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium$2.6M Fri, $4.3M Sat, [$10M], ($10M)
6. Dan In Real Life $1.4M Fri, $1.9M Sat, [$4.4M], ($37M)
7. No Country For Old Men $892K Fri, $1.2M Sat, [$3M] ($4.8M)
8. Lions For Lambs $825K Fri, $1.2M Sat, [$2.9M], ($11.5M)
9. Saw IV $715K Fri, $995K Sat, [$2.2M], ($61.8M)
10. Love In The Time Of Cholera $630K Fri, $770K Sat, [$1.8M], ($1.8M)
So Beowulf does okay but doesn't blow the doors off any multiplexes, and Bee Movie looks set to crack $100 million in the next few days. (We could be looking at a bump over the long Thanksgiving weekend, but of course Enchanted will be coming into the marketplace, and the newer family-oriented flick will no doubt displace the older family-oriented flick.)
The estimable Nikki Finke has her own box office analysis over yonder:
... a hoped-for Saturday matinee surge which worked for family friendly Polar Express ... never materialized for the PG-13 Beowulf.