Quarantine, which opened on Friday under a cloak of typical Screen Gems-ish anonymity after not screening in advance for critics, was unable to dethrone sign-of-the-apocalypse family film Beverly Hills Chihuahua from the top
spot at the box office over the weekend, grossing $14.2 million to the aforementioned film’s $17.5 million. Still, the low-budget horror flick of containment nonetheless finished with the top per-screen average of
the three-day frame, and outgrossed fellow new openers Body of Lies ($12.9 million), The Express ($4.6 million) and City of Ember, which finished outside the top 10 with only $3.1 million.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua has now grossed $52.5 million, which should be immediately refunded to American taxpayers, I think. Rounding out the top 10 were Eagle Eye ($10.9 million, $70.4 million overall); Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist ($6.4 million, $20.7 million overall); Richard Gere and Diane Lane’s adult weepie Nights in Rodanthe ($4.5 million, $32.3 million overall); ensemble western Appaloosa ($3.3 million, $10.9 million overall); Keira Knightley‘s expanding period piece The Duchess ($3.3 million, $5.6 million overall); and Kirk Cameron’s go-fix-your-marriage-fireman-drama Fireproof ($3.1 million, $16.9 million overall).