Box office update: 'The Roommate' is moviegoers' best friend, earning $6.4 mil on Friday

The-Roommate-LMImage Credit: Jaimie TruebloodEnough moviegoers didn’t mind bunking with The Roommate, as the new college thriller topped the box office on Friday with $6.4 million, according to early estimates. That’s an attractive result for the Sony film, which cost only $8 million to produce. The Roommate, about a college freshman (Friday Night Lights‘ Minka Kelly) who discovers that her dorm-mate (Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester) is the kind of deranged individual you’d commonly find in a PG-13 horror movie, is on pace for a weekend take of about $16 million. The film will undoubtedly stumble on Super Bowl Sunday, as more than 100 million Americans tune in to the watch the war reenactment. But The Roommate should hold up better than its competition, thanks to its ability to appeal to a young female crowd, some of which may actually be looking for something to do Sunday evening that’s not related to football.

Sanctum, on the other hand, will hardly see any of its male target audience during the big game. The R-rated cave-diving thriller collected only $3.6 million on Friday, and is headed for a debut weekend of $10 million at the most. The $30 million picture, which Universal and Relativity Media paid $12 million to purchase, was executive produced by James Cameron and shot using the same 3-D technology the filmmaker developed for Avatar. But Cameron’s name, which was featured in Sanctum‘s advertising to such an extent that at least one poor soul had to have walked into the movie thinking that Cameron directed it, nevertheless failed to attract many fanboys.

The rest of the top five consisted of holdovers. The romantic comedy No Strings Attached slipped 34 percent, collecting $2.9 million, while the Oscar front-runner The King’s Speech fell a mere 20 percent, bringing in $2.3 million. The horror film The Rite, however, collapsed 64 percent for $1.9 million. Check back here on Sunday for the complete box office report.

1. The Roommate — $6.4 mil
2. Sanctum — $3.6 mil
3. No Strings Attached — $2.9 mil
4. The King’s Speech — $2.3 mil
5. The Rite — $1.9 mil

Box office preview: The Roommate tackles Super Bowl weekend

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  • LOL

    Minka + Meester = Box office gold.

    • Elliana

      I honestly doubt that women will go out en masse to see a woman terrorizing, brutalizing and trying to kill another woman; (Beyonce’s Obsessed is an entirely different matter because there was the element of revenge, protecting your home and not letting another woman “steal” your man. I can see that being appealing to women, but a hot girl being a psycho toward another hot girl just because, with semi-titillating scenes of bothe girls in bed? Nah, that will not attract women) I atribute this opening to young teenage boys that think these “actresses” are attractive. The film will most likely have a precipitious fall on Sat and Sun and will be forgotten three weeks from now.

      • Michael

        The movie is skewing towards female audiences, so you can’t blame it on teenage boys. Sorry.

      • Kris

        Um Hello? Teenage girls go see movies for the actors not the script. Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Aly Michalka, Nina Dobrev, Matt Lanter, and Cam Whats-his-face will be enough to get girls through the door. It worked since I saw it today and the theatre was pretty packed with 90% of the people there groups of teenage girls.

      • AK

        Did you really just call them “actresses”? And by that you mean…

      • v

        People of Obama’s persuasion will see anything with Beyonce.

  • dominic

    I’m worried about the next two weekends. We’ll unfortunately have to suffer from sure-to-be film travesties that are Just Go With It and Big Momma’s House 3. Seriously, how did these two get greenlighted. Audiences should spend their money on better and smarter films, such as The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter, and True Grit. If either Just Go With It or Big Momma’s House 3 make it to number 1, I will surely lose more of my faith in the moviegoing public.

    • Dave

      Get ready to lose faith. Adam Sandler movies tend to usually do well at the box office. Although I have to say, Just Go With It doesn’t look nearly as awful as some of Sandler’s recent movies, like Grown Ups or Chuck and Larry.

      • LOL

        I think it looks worse.

      • RT

        How did those two movies get greenlighted? Easy. Money. For some inexplicable Adam Sandler movies are always big hits and as far as boxoffice goes you can’t go wrong with men in drag movies. Sad, but those are the facts.

    • FromChicago

      Well you should know-as well as the public-that from January to March is the “throwaway” movie time….the movies that studios make to throwaway and make some profit from a small budget. Smart people stay away from the movies during that time….only the idiots who have nothing else to do with their lives shell out $10 to see those movies.

      • Kris

        Guess I’m an idiot since I saw the Roommate today and loved it.

  • Barry

    Friday’s results just go to show that people will go see any trash at the movies.

    • T. Davis

      Correct. Trash at the movies. Trash on TV. Trash everywhere. Trash running for prez. Palin says she’s like Reagan. I didn’t know he had tits.

      • v

        Obama is trash. Happy Black History Month

  • Rob

    It’s not hard. Both women are incredibly hot and there’s nothing else out.

  • larry k

    Saw Sanctum Friday,and it was pretty bad.

  • Kim

    Did anyone see it? Is it so bad it’s good or just plain bad? I can appreciate a good campy film.

    • A

      Word on the street is it’s just bad. And not bad enough to be good. Just bad. No redeeming factors (except for some eye candy). Not scary, not thrilling, not suspenseful, not funny. Just bland all the way through.

    • Dennis

      There’s definitely a camp factor to it. It really seemed like Leighton played the role with a wink to the audience. I loved her in this movie.

    • Rita

      I saw it. I agree with ‘A’. There was nothing good about this movie. It was very bland. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I’m upset I wasted $10 on it.

  • Jose

    Well, I made a double feature with Blue Valentine and 127 Hours.

    Blue Valentine was amazing and if you get the chance to do so please do!
    127 Hours was OK.

  • tom

    Blah. I’d rather just watch Single White Female again.

  • d

    This movie was horrible. I can’t believe I wasted 10 dollars on it. People even walked out of the movie and we all laughed at the parts that were suppose to be scary.

  • lydia

    The roommate was a suspense but dragged in a way. Maybe rebecca could of brought more horror and excitement. All good actress in the movie. Overall rating 7.5 and 3 stars.

  • Uh

    Why did this article link me to a youtube video of an unfunny “comedian”

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