Easter weekend moviegoers preferred the family fun offered by Disney’s Hannah Montana: The Movie to everything else at the cineplex. The Miley Cyrus film based on the popular television series earned a respectable $34 million, making it the No.1 movie in America. It displaced last week’s champ Fast & Furious, which saw a precipitous dropoff from its $74 million opening. This time around, the Vin Diesel/Paul Walker buddy movie earned just $28.8 million over the weekend. It’s already well past the $100 million mark, however, and is therefore considered a success.
Two other new films cracked the top 10 this weekend. First up is the Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report, which also stars Anna Faris and Ray Liotta. This film, which from the outside looks similar to Paul Blart: Mall Cop, earned a disappointing $11.1 million in its first weekend of wide release.
Meanwhile, the live-action film Dragonball Evolution, based on a popular Japanese anime series, was a decided flop with earnings of just $4.65 million. I guess the fanboys weren’t too interested in this one….
Here’s the complete top 10 at the box office for the weekend ending 4/12/09:
- Hannah Montana: The Movie, $34 million
- Fast & Furious, $28.8 million
- Monsters vs. Aliens, $22.6 million
- Observe and Report, $11.1 million
- Knowing, $6.67 million
- I Love You, Man, $6.41 million
- The Haunting in Connecticut, $5.71 million
- Dragonball Evolution, $4.65 million
- Adventureland, $3.43 million
- Duplicity, $3 million