The big-screen ” Sex and the City ” _ reuniting Parker and TV co-stars Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon _ strutted to a $55.7 million opening weekend, far exceeding Hollywood’s box office expectations.
That was nearly twice the forecast by distributor Warner Bros., whose head of distribution, Dan Fellman, said he had hoped the movie might deliver a $30 million debut.
I don’t know why, but I’m pleased by this. It’s the first movie aimed at women to do so well. It’s putting up record numbers:
“Sex and the City” put up numbers never before seen for a movie aimed mainly at women, who do not tend to rush out in huge numbers for opening weekends the way males do.
“Sex and the City,” released under Warner’s New Line Cinema banner, had the best debut ever for an R-rated comedy, topping the $45.1 million opening of “American Pie 2.”
The movie landed at No. 5 on the all-time list among R-rated films, behind “The Matrix Reloaded” ($91.8 million), “The Passion of the Christ” ($83.8 million), “300” ($70.9 million) and “Hannibal” ($58 million).
Now if I could only get over the movie’s glorification of silly shoes.