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'21' & 'Horton' Among Recent Top Hits

Jim Sturgess in 21 by Robert Luketic

March 31, 08: 21 played its cards right this weekend, seizing the top spot at the North American box office with US$23.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Released by Sony Pictures and directed by Robert Luketic, the crime drama stars newcomer Jim Sturgess as a gifted MIT student whose car-counting techniques help him cash in at Vegas' hottest casinos.

Last week's winner, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, slipped to second place, earning $17.4 million from ticket sales at 3,826 theaters. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the computer-animated film brought its domestic total to $117.4 million after a strong three-week run.

New entry Superhero Movie debuted in third place with $9.5 million. Directed by Craig Mazin and released by MGM, the slapstick comedy spoofs several recent action blockbusters, including Spider-Man and X-Men.

Angela Bassett in Meet the Browns by Tyler Perry

At No. 4, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns collected $7.7 million, reaching a cumulative gross of $32.8 million after two weeks in release. Lionsgate's family drama stars Angela Bassett as a single mother whose life takes a drastic turn after she inherits a house from a father she's never met.

Meanwhile, Paramount's comedy Drillbit Taylor took home $5.8 million at No. 5. Directed by Steven Brill and starring Owen Wilson as a bodyguard who protects three kids from the high school bully, the film lifted its total haul to $20.5 million after a moderate two-week run.

Following closely in sixth place was 20th Century Fox's horror remake Shutter, which earned $5.3 million and brought its cumulative gross to $19.1 million. The Masayuki Ochiai-directed film follows a couple haunted by a ghost whose silhouette appears in their photographs.

Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum in Stop-Loss

Roland Emmerich's (pre-)historical epic 10,000 B.C. tumbled to No. 7 and took home $4.8 million, reaching a domestic total of $84.9 million after four weeks in release. Just behind at No. 8, new entry Stop-Loss (above) pulled $4.5 million from admissions at only 1,291 sites.

Two films rounded out the top ten: Disney's family comedy College Road Trip, with a weekend gross of $3.5 million and a total of $38.3 million, and Roger Donaldson's gangster drama The Bank Job, with $2.8 million ($24.1 million total gross).

The fourth major release, Run Fat Boy Run, didn't make it into the top 10. Directed by David Schwimmer, the film stars Simon Pegg as an overweight security guard who decides to run a marathon to win back his ex-fiancée.

Dropping out of the top 10 this weekend were Summit's Never Back Down, with a total haul of $21.1 million, and Pete Travis' terrorism thriller Vantage Point, with a cumulative gross of $69.3 million.

March 26

Horton Hears a Who elephant walk'Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who': Elephant walk at box office.

Elephant walk: 'Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!' remains no. 1

The 20th Century Fox computer-animated comedy Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! fended off three new releases, hanging on to the top spot at this Easter weekend's (March 21–23, '08) North American box office. The animated feature took in $24.5 million according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, and featuring the voice of Jim Carrey as an eccentric elephant protecting a microscopic community from disaster, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! brought its domestic total to $86 million after a strong two-week run.

Tyler Perry at no. 2

As found at boxofficemojo.com, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, debuted behind Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, collecting $20 million from ticket sales at 2,006 locations. Released by Lionsgate, the family drama stars Angela Bassett as a single mother who inherits a run-down house from the father she has never met.

Another new entry, Shutter, opened at no. 3 with $10.4 million. The Masayuki Ochiai-directed remake of a Thai horror classic follows a newlywed couple haunted by a ghost whose mysterious silhouette pops up in their photographs. In the cast: Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor.

Owen Wilson at no. 4

Paramount's Drillbit Taylor opened in fourth place, scoring $10.3 million. Directed by Steven Brill and produced by Judd Apatow, the teen comedy stars Owen Wilson as a goofy bodyguard who vows to protect three kids from the high-school bullies harassing them.

At no. 5, Roland Emmerich's pseudo-historic epic 10,000 BC earned $8.9 million from sales at 3,454 venues. Warner's tale about a heroic mammoth hunter who travels to the ends of the world to ensure the future of his tribe lifted its total haul to $76.4 million after three weeks in release. In the cast: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, and the voice of Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962).

'Never Back Down' goes down

With $4.8 million, Summit Entertainment's Never Back Down, starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, and Cam Gigandet, slipped to no. 6. The action drama reached a domestic total of $16.7 million after two weeks.

At no. 7, Walt Disney Pictures' College Road Trip took in $4.6 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $32 million.

Roger Donaldson's crime thriller The Bank Job, toplining Jason Statham, tumbled from no. 6 to no. 8, snatching $4.1 million and bringing its domestic total to $19.5 million. Meanwhile, Pete Travis' terrorism thriller Vantage Point ranked in ninth with a weekend gross of $3.8 and a total of $65.3 million.

'Under the Same Moon' solid debut in limited release

Rounding out the Top Ten was new entry Under the Same Moon / La misma luna, with $2.7 million from ticket sales at only 266 theatres. Released by The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight, Patricia Riggen's U.S./Mexican family drama tells the story of a 9-year-old Mexican boy (Adrian Alonso) who sets out to visit his mother (Kate del Castillo) in Los Angeles.

Four films dropped out of the Top Ten this weekend:

 

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! image: 20th Century Fox.

March 18

Never Back Down Sean Faris trampled attentive elephant'Never Back Down' with Sean Faris: Trampled by attentive elephant.

Box office: 'Never Back Down' backs (far) off from 'Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!'

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! trampled over Never Back Down to reach the top of the North American box office this past weekend (March 14–16, '08), collecting $45.1 million in revenues according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Distributed by 20th Century Fox and directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, the computer-animated Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! features the voice of Jim Carrey as an eccentric elephant struggling to protect a microscopic community living on a speck of dust.

The Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! voice cast also includes:

Steve Carell. Carol Burnett. Will Arnett. Seth Rogen. Isla Fisher. Amy Poehler. Jonah Hill.

As found at boxofficemojo.com, new entry Never Back Down debuted in third place with $8.6 million. Summit Entertainment's action drama directed by Jeff Wadlow tells the story of a rebellious teenager who gets thrust into the world of underground martial arts.

In the Never Back Down cast:

Sean Faris. Amber Heard. Cam Gigandet. Evan Peters. Leslie Hope. Djimon Hounsou. Wyatt Smith.

'10,000 BC' now no. 2

Last week's box office champion, 10,000 BC, slipped to no. 2, grossing $16.4 million from ticket sales at 3,410 locations. Roland Emmerich's prehistoric epic, which follows the adventures of a mammoth hunter traveling to the ends of the world to secure the future of his tribe, lifted its domestic total to $61.2 million after a strong two-week run.

The 10,000 BC cast includes Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, and Cliff Curtis, in addition to the voice of narrator Omar Sharif (Doctor Zhivago, The Tamarind Seed).

'College Road Trip,' 'Vantage Point' & Jason Statham

Meanwhile, Walt Disney's College Road Trip tumbled to no. 4, taking home $7.8 million. The Roger Kumble-directed comedy, which stars Martin Lawrence as an overprotective father who takes his daughter (Raven-Symoné) on a road trip, reached a cumulative gross of $24.2 million after two weeks in release.

At no. 5, Pete Travis' Vantage Point pulled in $5.4 million from 2,761 sites. Starring Dennis Quaid as a Secret Service agent who tries to uncover the truth behind an assassination attempt on the U.S. president, the terrorism thriller lifted its total haul to $59.2 million after a solid four-week run.

Meanwhile, Lionsgate's The Bank Job ranked sixth, picking up $4.9 million. Starring Jason Statham as the leader of a gang of amateur robbers, the Roger Donaldson-directed crime thriller brought its domestic total to $13.3 million.

Doomed 'Doomsday'

Universal's new entry Doomsday opened at no. 7 with only $4.7 million at 1,936 locations. Directed by Neil Marshall, the action-adventure drama follows a commanding officer ordered to investigate the causes of a deadly virus that is threatening to destroy London.

Down from no. 5 to no. 8, New Line Cinema's Will Ferrell sports comedy Semi-Pro brought in $3 million, while The Other Boleyn Girl, starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Eric Bana, earned $2.9 million in ninth place.

Paramount's adventure tale The Spiderwick Chronicles rounded out the Top Ten with $2.3 million. The Mark Waters-directed film about three siblings who must protect a magical book from the claws of a ruthless ogre lifted its cumulative gross to $65.4 million after five weeks out.

Near the Top Ten were Doug Liman's thriller Jumper with a $75 million domestic total, and Bharat Nalluri's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, with a total haul of $5.3 million.

 

Sean Faris Never Back Down image: Summit Entertainment.

March 10

10,000 BC movie Camilla Belle Roland Emmerich disaster hit'10,000 BC' movie with Camilla Belle: Roland Emmerich critical disaster is a box office hit.

Reviled Roland Emmerich adventure flick '10,000 BC' tops box office chart

Roland Emmerich's prehistoric epic 10,000 BC – despite having been massacred by U.S. critics – squashed its competition at the North American box office this weekend (March 7–9, '10) with $35.7 million, according to studio estimates released on Sunday.

Distributed by Warner Bros., 10,000 BC follows the adventures of a mammoth hunter who embarks on a perilous journey to free his tribe and rescue his loved one. The film also opened in 20 international markets, pulling in an additional $25.3 million.

The 10,000 BC cast includes Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, and Cliff Curtis, in addition to the voice of narrator Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago).

'College Road Trip' trailing in second place

As found at boxofficemojo.com, the Walt Disney Studios' College Road Trip trailed 10,000 BC by a wide margin, scoring $14 million. The Roger Kumble-directed comedy stars Martin Lawrence as an overprotective father who volunteers to help his daughter (Raven-Symoné) pick the right college.

Dropping to no. 3, Pete Travis' terrorism thriller Vantage Point picked up $7.5 million from ticket sales at 3,163 locations. The Sony actioner, which focuses on eight individuals entangled in an assassination attempt on a U.S. president, has lifted its domestic gross to $51.6 million after three weeks in release.

'Semi-Pro' down to amateur level

Last week's box office champion, Semi-Pro, ranked in fourth, earning $5.9 million. Starring Will Ferrell as the owner of a basketball team, New Line Cinema's sports comedy reached a total gross of $24.8 million, which is an unusually weak result for a Ferrell flick.

Opening in fifth place was Lionsgate's crime thriller The Bank Job, which collected $5.7 million. Jason Statham stars as the leader of a gang of amateur robbers who break into the Lloyds Bank in London.

'The Spiderwick Chronicles' surprisingly sturdy

At no. 6, The Spiderwick Chronicles took in $4.8 million, bringing its total haul to $61.7 million after a solid four-week run. Directed by Mark Waters, the Paramount adventure tale follows three siblings who must protect a magical book from the claws of a ruthless ogre.

Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson

Meanwhile, Justin Chadwick's period drama The Other Boleyn Girl tumbled to no. 7 with $4 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $14.6 million. Released by Focus Features, the film stars Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson as two sisters competing for the affection of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana).

Doug Liman's action blockbuster Jumper slipped to no. 8 with $3.7 million, while Step Up 2: The Streets finished in ninth place with a weekend gross of $3 million.

Amy Adams opens modestly

Warners' Fool's Gold rounded out the Top Ten with $2.8 million. The Andrew Tennant-directed adventure comedy starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey reached a domestic total of $62.8 million after five weeks in release.

The only other new release this past weekend was Focus Features' Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, which debuted in eleventh place with $2.5 million from 535 venues.

 

Camilla Belle 10,000 BC image: Warner Bros.

March 3

Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro

Will Ferrell's latest sports comedy, Semi-Pro, leaped to the top of the North American box office this weekend, but it failed to match up to the openings of his previous hits Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights.

Semi-Pro, a New Line Cinema release directed by Kent Alterman, stars Ferrell as the owner and coach of an incompetent basketball team. The comedy earned US$15.2 million from ticket sales at 3,121 locations. That's about half of the $33 million opening-weekend gross of Blades of Glory, and approximately one third of the $47 million opening of Talladega Nights.

Last week's box office champion, Vantage Point, dropped to No. 2, with $13 million, lifting its domestic gross to $41 million after two weeks in release. The terrorism action spectacle directed by Pete Travis centers on eight strangers who get tangled up in an assassination attempt on the U.S. president.

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Mark Waters

At No. 3, Mark Waters' adventure tale The Spiderwick Chronicles collected $8.7 million. The Paramount release based on the books by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi reached a cumulative gross of $55 million after a solid three-week run.

New entry The Other Boleyn Girl debuted in fourth place this weekend, pulling $8.3 million from admissions at only 1,166 theaters. The period drama directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman tells the story of two sisters who compete for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Jumper with Hayden ChristensenMeanwhile, Doug Liman's Jumper tumbled to No. 5, with $7.6 million. The 20th Century Fox film, starring Hayden Christensen as a young man who can teleport himself, brought its total haul to $66.8 million after three weeks in theaters.

Walt Disney's Step Up 2 the Streets ranked in sixth, taking home $5.7 million from 2,528 sites and reaching a domestic total of $48.5 million. Jon Chu's sequel to the 2006 smash hit is just $17 million shy of its predecessor's $65 million cumulative.

Andrew Tennant's adventure comedy Fool's Gold slipped to seventh place this weekend with $4.4 million, while Oscar winner No Country for Old Men jumped back to No. 8 with $4.1 million.

Two films rounded out the top ten: new entry Penelope, which debuted in ninth place with $3.8 million, and Definitely, Maybe, which collected $3.3 million and lifted its cumulative gross to $26.6 million after three weeks.

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6 Comments to '21' & 'Horton' Among Recent Top Hits

  1. Oopsy

    I agree. Horton isn't a great movie, but it's a good one.

  2. kris

    21 deserved an oscar nomination. it was a fun movie that kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. and the actor is so cute.

  3. carroll

    this post should read BOX OFFICE HITS BOTTOM WITH 10,000 BC.

  4. tim

    Horton wasn't the best animated feature I've ever seen, but it was quite enjoyable. I don't know why no one talks about it now, and it hasn't been getting any awards or nominations that I know of. I think it's unfair.

  5. Hidrolik Presler

    Director and co-writer, Roland Emmerich is no stranger to brainless spectacles. This is the guy who brought us Independence Day and 1998's Hollywood take on Godzilla, after all. There's a very fine line between brainless and just plain brain dead, unfortunately. 10,000 B.C. is short on spectacle, short on plot, and short on just about anything that people go to the movies for. There are characters and a love story to drive the bare bones plot, but this seems to be added in as an afterthought. I got the impression that Emmerich and fellow screenwriter, Harald Kloser (a film score composer making his first screenplay credit), had the idea for a couple cool scenes, then tried to add a bunch of filler material between them. They threw in some sketchy characters that hardly reach two dimensions to inhabit this filler, and called it a screenplay. In order for spectacle to work, even the cheese-filled variety such as this, there has to be something for the audience to get excited about. This movie is just one big tease.

  6. Carl Lew

    Is 10000 bc the worst movie ever made? Someone should have a vote on that