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Stomp still #1 at box office

by Pamela Cole

Jan. 20, 2007 (ATLANTA)—For the second week in a row, Rainforest Films' feature release, Stomp the Yard, led the box office pack in ticket sales. The film has now grossed $41,564,000 in its first ten days, released in just 2,051 theaters nationally. Those are the kind of numbers that make Sony/Screen Gems distributors giddy, especially considering that the film was produced for just $14 million.

The film focuses on black college life and fraternities, including a form of dance known as "steppin." It was shot in the Atlanta area at local African-American colleges by Will Packer and Rob Hardy, who have been making successful films since 1994 as Rainforest Films. Other successful films released by Rainforest include Trois (2000) and The Gospel (2005).

Estimated ticket sales for the weekend of January 20, 2007 were:

1. Stomp the Yard (Sony Pictures) $41,564,000
2. Night at the Museum (20th Century Fox Distribution), $13,000,000
3. Dreamgirls (Paramount Pictures), $8,711,000
4. The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony Pictures) $6,700,000
5. Freedom Writers (Paramount Pictures) $5,564,000
6. Pan's Labyrinth (Picturehouse) $4,725,000
7. The Queen (Miramax Films) $3,700,000
8. Children of Men (Universal Pictures Distribution) $3,700,000
9. Arthur and the Invisibles (The Weinstein Company) $3,105,000
10. Alpha Dog (Universal Pictures Distribution), Universal Pictures $2,900,000