Without any real breakout hits, Hollywood's seeing solid rather than spectacular box office so far this year as the first quarter ends.
As of Wednesday, 2008 receipts hit $1.98 billion, or 3% above the same point last year, according to Rentrak. And a significant amount of this year's take has come from 2007 holdovers "I Am Legend," "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," and "Juno."
The year's about to see its first $100 million grosser as Fox's "Horton Hears a Who" -- the only pic to post back-to-back weekend wins this year -- crosses the century mark today.
But 2008 has yet to see the equivalent of "300" which launched a year ago with a stunning $70.8 million opening weekend on its way to a $210 million domestic gross. The best action performers so far in 2008 have been "Cloverfield," "10,000 BC," "Jumper" and "Vantage Point" -- none of which have topped the $80 million mark, though "10,000 BC" should do so this weekend.
And were it not for the standout $64 million perf of tween concert fave "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds," 2008 would trail last year's total.