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WALL-E movie: Pixar release enjoys impressive box office debut.
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1. ‘WALL-E’ tops U.S. and Canada box office, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy ‘inspirational’ thriller ‘Wanted’ a strong runner-up

‘WALL-E’ tops U.S. and Canada box office, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy ‘inspirational’ thriller ‘Wanted’ a strong runner-up

June 30 update: Directed by Andrew Stanton, Pixar Animation’s WALL-E was catapulted to the top of the North American box office this weekend (June 27–29) with $62.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates made public on Sunday.

The computer-generated sci-fi/romantic adventure, which centers on a little robot who falls in love with a probe droid from space, tied with Monsters, Inc. to deliver the third-biggest opening for a Pixar film. The record (not adjusted for inflation) is held by The Incredibles (2004), with an opening of $70.4 million, followed by Finding Nemo (2003) with $70.2 million.

WALL-E features the voices of the following performers:

Ben Burtt. Elissa Knight. Fred Willard. Kathy Najimy. John Ratzenberger. Jeff Garlin. Teddy Newton.

Pixar animator/writer Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc.).

Three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver (lead for Aliens, 1986, and Gorillas in the Mist, 1988; supporting for Working Girl, 1988).

As found at boxofficemojo.com, trailing WALL-E with an impressive $51.1 million was Timur Bekmambetov’s R-rated action thriller Wanted, which opened above studio expectations. Starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, the film follows a nobody who discovers new meaning in his tedious life when he’s asked to join a fraternity of assassins.

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Wanted: James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie star in inspirational thriller about finding the meaning of life within a fraternity of assassins.

‘Get Smart’ gets pushed down

Last week’s box office champion, Get Smart, slipped to no. 3, collecting $20 million and reaching a domestic total of $77.2 million after two weeks in release. Based on the 1960s TV series, the Peter Segal-directed action comedy stars Steve Carell as a clumsy secret agent battling the forces of KAOS, an organization seeking world dominance. Anne Hathaway costars.

At no. 4, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda pulled in $11.7 million from ticket sales at 3,670 locations. Paramount’s adventure tale about a panda struggling to learn the basics of kung fu fighting lifted its cumulative gross to $179.3 million after a strong four-week run.

‘The Incredible Hulk’ beats ‘The Love Guru’

Louis Leterrier’s action hit The Incredible Hulk dropped to fifth place, earning $9.2 million, bringing its total haul to $115.5 million. Based on the popular Marvel comics, the film follows a scientist (Edward Norton) who is transformed into a green giant whenever he gets consumed by anger.

Meanwhile, Paramount’s The Love Guru tumbled to sixth place with a weekend gross of $5.4 million and a cumulative take of a mere $25.3 million after two weeks. Marco Schnabel’s comedy starring Mike Myers opened below studio expectations last week after being torn apart by the United States’ top critics.

‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ a notch below $300 million milestone

Following closely in seventh place was Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which raked in $5 million, bringing its domestic total to $299.9 million after six weeks in release.

In the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull cast:

Best Actor Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford (Witness, 1985).

Shia LaBeouf. Karen Allen. Igor Jijikine. Ray Winstone.

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, 2004).

Two-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt (supporting for Midnight Express, 1978; lead for The Elephant Man, 1980).

Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, 2001).

At no. 8, M. Night Shyamalan’s mystery thriller The Happening earned $3.8 million, reaching a total haul of $59 million after a three-week run. Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel star.

Rounding out the Top Ten were:

  • New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy Sex and the City, with $3.7 million. Cume: $140.1 million total gross. In the cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall.
  • The Adam Sandler star vehicle You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, with $3.2 million. Total to date: $91.2 million total.

WALL-E image: Pixar / Walt Disney Enterprises.

Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy Wanted image: Universal Pictures.

June 23: Get Smart stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with $39.1 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In the Peter Segal-directed spy comedy, Steve Carell stars as a clumsy secret agent who has only a few days to prevent a ruthless crime lord from securing world domination. Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, and Dwayne Johnson co-star.

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda stayed put at No. 2 with a weekend gross of $21.7 million, reaching a total domestic gross of $155.5 million after three weeks in release. Directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, the film follows the adventures of a lazy panda who must learn the basics of kung fu.

Last week’s box office champion, The Incredible Hulk, slipped to third place with $21.5 million from ticket sales at 3,508 locations. Released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Louis Leterrier, the Marvel comic book adaptation starring Edward Norton brought its total haul to $96.4 million after a strong two-week run.

Debuting in fourth place with a disappointing $14 million was new entry The Love Guru, Marco Schnabel’s comedy starring Mike Myers as a guru who helps a professional hockey player win back his wife. Torn apart by the nation’s top critics, the film couldn’t stand a chance against its competition despite opening in 3,012 theaters.

Meanwhile, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening dropped to No. 5, collecting $10 million and lifting its cumulative gross to $50.2 million after two weeks. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel, the mystery thriller follows a couple on the run from an inexplicable event that threatens humankind.

Paramount’s action adventure Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ranked in sixth, earning $8.4 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed fourth installment in the popular series lifted its total gross to $290.8 million after only five weeks in release.

Closely following at No. 7 was Adam Sandler’s comedy You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which pulled in $7.2 million, reaching a domestic total of $84 million. New Line’s Sex and the City fell to No. 8, with a weekend gross of $6.4 million and a total of $132.3 after four impressive weeks in release.

Two films rounded out the top 10: Jon Favreau’s success hit Iron Man, which reached a total haul of $304.7 million after this weekend’s revenues of $4 million, and Bryan Bertino’s directorial debut The Strangers, which lifted its cumulative gross to $49.5 million.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian finished eleventh with a total of $135.4 million, while What Happens in Vegas had a cumulative take of $77.5 million.

June 15

The Incredible Hulk (above) shattered its competition, seizing the No. 1 spot at the North American box office this weekend with US$54.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Marvel comic-book adaptation, starring Edward Norton (who reportedly refused to promote the film) as a scientist who transforms into a green giant when he’s consumed by anger, defeated last week’s box office champion Kung Fu Panda (below), which slipped to second place with $34.3 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s tale of a lazy panda who must learn the basics of kung fu brought its domestic total to $117.9 million after a stunning two-week run. Directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, the film features the voices of Jack Black, Ian McShane, and Dustin Hoffman.

Debuting in third place with $30.5 million was M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening (above), starring Mark Wahlberg, a mystery thriller about a sudden event that threatens humankind. Slammed by critics nationwide, The Happening performed better than Shyamalan’s previous film, Lady in the Water, which opened with $18 million in 2006.

Sony’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan dropped to No. 4, earning $16.4 million from ticket sales at 3,466 locations. The Dennis Dugan-directed comedy starring Adam Sandler lifted its cumulative gross to $68.7 million after two weeks in release.

Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull collected $13.5 million in fifth place, reaching a total haul of $275.3 million. Starring Harrison Ford in the role of the titular character, Crystal Skull is now the highest-grossing film in the series.

At No. 6, New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy Sex and the City took home $10.1 million, bringing its domestic total to $119.9 million after a solid three-week run. Directed by Michael Patrick King, the film stars Sarah Jessica Parker (above) as Carrie Bradshaw, who shares the ups and downs of her Manhattan life with her best friends Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).

Paramount Pictures’ success hit Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., tumbled to No. 7 with a weekend gross of $5.1 million and a cumulative one of $297.4 million, while Universal’s horror thriller The Strangers (above) slipped to eighth place with weekend revenues of $4 million and a domestic total of $45.3 million.

Two films rounded out the top 10 this weekend: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian at No. 9, with $3 million, and 20th Century Fox’s romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas, with $1.7 million, at No. 10.

June 9

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‘Kung Fu Panda’ easily beats lowbrow Adam Sandler action comedy ‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan’

Kung Fu Panda defeated its competition at the North American box office this weekend (June 6–8) with $60 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates made public on Sunday.

Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, DreamWorks Animation’s adventure tale about a lazy panda trying to learn the basics of kung fu, easily overpowered Adam Sandler’s new comedy You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, which debuted in second place with $40 million.

In the Kung Fu Panda voice cast:

Two-time Best Actor Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979; Rain Man, 1988).

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted, 1999).

Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile, 1999).

Jack Black. Jackie Chan. Ian McShane. Lucy Liu. David Cross. Seth Rogen.

Released by Sony Pictures and directed by Dennis Dugan, Kung Fu Panda distant runner-up You Don’t Mess with the Zohan stars Adam Sandler as an Israeli commando who travels to the United States to become a hair stylist.

The comedy outperformed Sandler’s previous effort, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which opened with $34.2 million in 2007.

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‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ passes $250 million milestone

As found at boxofficemojo.com, at no. 3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull collected an impressive $22.8 million, reaching a domestic total of $253 million after only three weeks out.

In the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull cast:

Best Actor Oscar nominee Harrison Ford (Witness, 1985).

Shia LaBeouf. Karen Allen. Ray Winstone. Igor Jijikine.

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, 2004).

Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, 2001).

Two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt (supporting for Midnight Express, 1978; lead for The Elephant Man, 1980).

‘Sex and the City’ down to fourth place

Steven Spielberg’s sequel got ahead of last week’s box office champ Sex and the City, which slipped to fourth place with a weekend gross of $21.3 million.

New Line Cinema’s big-screen adaptation of the popular HBO series lifted its cumulative gross to $99.2 million after a strong two-week run. Directed by Michael Patrick King, the romantic comedy follows the adventures of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), and her friends Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).

‘The Strangers’ ahead of ‘Iron Man’

Universal’s horror flick The Strangers dropped to no. 5 with $9.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $37.6 million. Directed by Bryan Bertino, the film stars Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler as a couple struggling to survive the invasion of their vacation home by three masked strangers.

Paramount’s action drama Iron Man ranked in sixth with $7.5 million. The Jon Favreau-directed comic-book adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. as an industrialist-turned-superhero, reached a total haul of $288.8 million after six weeks in release.

Also in the cast:

  • Best Actress Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love, 1998).
  • Best Actor Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, 2005).
  • Four-time Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges (supporting for The Last Picture Show, 1971, and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, 1974; lead for Starman, 1984; supporting for The Contender, 2000).

‘Baby Mama,’ ‘Made of Honor’ on their way out

Slipping to no.7 with $5.5 million was The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which lifted its total gross to $125.8 million. The romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas, toplining Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz, was next with $3.4 million, bringing its cumulative take to $72.2 million after five weeks.

Rounding out the Top Ten:

  • Universal’s comedy Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, pulled in $779,000 at no. 9.
  • Sony Pictures’ Made of Honor, with Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, followed at no. 10 with $775,000.

Kung Fu Panda image: DreamWorks Animation.

Adam Sandler You Don’t Mess with the Zohan poster: Sony Pictures.

June 1

Sex and the City, the anticipated big-screen adaptation of the popular HBO series of the same title, topped the North American box office this weekend with US$55.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Directed by Michael Patrick King, New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy marks the return of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her friends four years after the series ended its successful run on TV. The film opened above studio expectations.

Last week’s box office champion Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull failed to beat the charm of the four Manhattan women storming the chart, slipping to second place with a weekend gross of $46 million. The Steven Spielberg-directed actioner starring Harrison Ford brought its domestic total to $216.8 million after a strong two-week run.

Debuting at No. 3 with $20.7 million was Rogue Pictures’ horror thriller The Strangers, about a couple struggling to survive the invasion of their vacation home by three masked strangers. Directed by Bryan Bertino, the film stars Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.

Paramount’s action spectacle Iron Man dropped to No. 4 this weekend, collecting $14 million and reaching a total haul of $276.6 million after only five weeks in release. Jon Favreau’s Marvel comic-book adaptation stars Robert Downey Jr. as a high-profile weapons manufacturer who becomes a superhero after building an armor-plated suit.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney’s family adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (above) ranked in fifth with $13 million. Andrew Adamson’s sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lifted its cumulative gross to $115.6 million, which is about $50 million short of its predecessor’s three-week total of $165 million in 2005.

At No. 6, 20th Century Fox’s romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas took home $6.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $66 million after four weeks in release. Directed by Tom Vaughan, the film stars Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz as two strangers forced to live together for six months after accidentally tying the knot in Vegas.

Universal’s comedy Baby Mama dropped one spot to No. 6, pulling a weekend gross of $2.2 million and reaching a total of $56.1 million after six weeks. Following in seventh place was Warner’s Speed Racer (above), which has been performing poorly at the box office ever since its release four weeks ago. The Larry and Andy Wachowski-directed action flick brought its domestic total to $40.5 million after this weekend’s $2.1 million.

Two films rounded out the top 10: Sony’s romantic comedy Made of Honor with $2 million ($42.9 cumulative gross), and Universal’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall with a weekend gross of $1 million ($60 million total haul).

Exiting the top 10 this week were Thomas McCarthy’s indie drama The Visitor with a domestic total of $5.3 million, and New Line’s stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay with a cumulative gross of $36.9 million.

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‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ eviscerates box office competition

May 26: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull dug up $126 million at the North American box office this Memorial Day weekend (May 23–26), according to studio estimates made available on Monday.

Adding the $25 million earned on its opening day last Thursday (May 22), the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade sequel brought its five-day domestic total to $151 million.

Released by Paramount and directed by Steven Spielberg, the fourth installment in the popular Indiana Jones series ranked closely behind another franchise entry, the Johnny Depp star vehicle Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which holds the Memorial Day weekend record with $139.8 million.

The current record holder for the biggest five-day opening is George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, with $172.8 million.

In the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull cast:

Best Actor Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford (Witness, 1985).

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, 2004).

Two-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt (supporting for Midnight Express, 1978; lead for The Elephant Man, 1980).

Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, 2001).

Karen Allen. Shia LaBeouf. Ray Winstone. Igor Jijikine.

Ford starred in the previous three Indiana Jones movies. His leading ladies were Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Kate Capshaw (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), and, sort of, Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). The third Indiana Jones movie also featured River Phoenix, Denholm Elliott, and Sean Connery.

‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’ down one spot

As found at boxofficemojo.com, last week’s box office champion The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian dropped to no. 2 with a four-day gross of $28.6 million, lifting its total haul to $96.6 million after two weeks in release.

Directed by Andrew Adamson, the sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe follows the Pevensie siblings as they struggle to take down a ruthless king trying to eradicate the Narnians.

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‘Iron Man’ no. 3

Paramount’s Iron Man ranked in third, collecting $25.6 million from ticket sales at 3,915 locations. The Marvel comic book adaptation directed by Jon Favreau, and toplining Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jeff Bridges reached a domestic total of $257.8 million after a remarkable four-week run.

Following at no. 4 with a weekend gross of $11.1 million was 20th Century Fox’s What Happens in Vegas, which lifted its cumulative gross to $56.3 million after three weeks in release. Directed by Tom Vaughan, the romantic comedy stars Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz as two strangers forced to live together for six months after accidentally getting hitched in Las Vegas.

‘Speed Racer’ slowing down fast

Speed Racer, featuring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, and Susan Sarandon, slipped to no. 5 with only $5.2 million. The Warner Bros. release directed by the brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski failed to score big at the box office since its release, reaching a total haul of a mere $37.4 million.

Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, followed closely in sixth place, earning $4.2 million and bringing its total gross to $53 million after five weeks out.

‘The Visitor’ among Top Ten

At no. 7, Sony Pictures’ romantic comedy Made of Honor, with Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, lifted its domestic total to $39.8 million. It was followed by Forgetting Sarah Marshall, with Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis; the comedy’s six-week total currently stands at $58.7 million.

Rounding out the Top Ten were:

  • New Line Cinema’s comedy Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, with a weekend gross of $1.2 million and a cume of $36.1 million.
  • Thomas McCarthy’s The Visitor, starring Richard Jenkins, which took home $917,000 and brought its domestic total to $4.5 million.

Image of Cate Blanchett and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Paramount Pictures.

Ashton Kutcher What Happens in Vegas image: 20th Century Fox.

May 18

The reign of Iron Man is over.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (above) stormed to the top of the North American box office this weekend with US$56.5 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Yet, Walt Disney’s much anticipated action adventure based on C.S. Lewis’ fantasy novel fell short of the $65.5 million opening weekend of 2005’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Directed by Andrew Adamson, Prince Caspian follows the Pevensie siblings on their quest to bring down a ruthless king who plans to eradicate the Narnians.

Last week’s box office champ, Iron Man, slipped to No. 2 with $31.2 million, reaching a domestic total of $222 million after only three weeks in release. Paramount’s comic-book adaptation directed by Jon Favreau stars Robert Downey Jr. as weapons manufacturer Tony Stark, who turns into a superhero after building an armor-plated suit.

Following at No. 3 with $13.8 million was the romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas, which lifted its cumulative gross to $40.3 million after an impressive two-week run. Released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Tom Vaughan, the film stars Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz as two strangers who are forced to live together for six months after accidentally getting married in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, Speed Racer ranked in fourth this weekend, earning $7.6 million and bringing its total haul to a mere $24.3 million after two weeks in release. The Andy and Larry Wachowski-directed box office flop stars Emile Hirsch as Speed, an ambitious racer who vows to bring down the ruthless moguls who manipulate races and bribe drivers.

Universal’s comedy Baby Mama scored $4.5 million at No. 5, reaching a domestic total of $47.2 million. Sony’s romantic comedy Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey, followed closely in sixth place, bringing its cumulative gross to $33.7 million. Dropping to No. 8, New Line Cinema’s comedy Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay collected $1.8 million from ticket sales at 1,403 locations. After four weeks in release, the comedy grossed $33.9 million, which is almost double the final domestic gross of its predecessor Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.

Two films rounded out the top 10: Lionsgate’s action adventure The Forbidden Kingdom in ninth place with a weekend gross of $1 million, and Thomas McCarthy’s drama The Visitor with $687,000 at No. 10.

May 11

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Box office: ‘Speed Racer’ bites the dust

Iron Man soared past Speed Racer, thus taking the trophy at the North American box office this weekend (May 9–11, ’08), according to studio estimates made available on Sunday.

As found at boxofficemojo.com, new entry Speed Racer came in second at the finish line, with a highly disappointing $20.2 million. Released by Warner Bros., and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski, Speed Racer stars Emile Hirsch in the title role: a talented driver planning to take down the ruthless moguls who keep manipulating races and bribing his fellow competitors.

Also in the Speed Racer cast:

Christina Ricci. Matthew Fox. Susan Sarandon. John Goodman. Rain. Ariel Winter. Scott Porter. Kick Gurry.

With $50.5 million, Paramount’s Iron Man took the no. 1 spot for the second straight weekend, lifting its domestic total to $177.1 million. Directed by Jon Favreau, comic-book adaptation stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a weapons manufacturer who turns into a superhero after building an armor-plated suit.

Also in the Iron Man cast:

Gwyneth Paltrow. Jeff Bridges. Leslie Bibb. Paul Bettany. Terrence Howard.

Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz in third

Right behind Speed Racer, the weekend’s only other wide release, What Happens in Vegas, was the no. 3 movie with $20 million. The Tom Vaughan-directed summer comedy stars Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz as two strangers forced to live together after spontaneously getting married in Las Vegas.

Down to no. 4, Sony’s romantic comedy Made of Honor earned $7.6 million in ticket sales, reaching a cumulative gross of $26.2 million. Helmed by Paul Weiland and starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, the film focuses on a man who plans to crash his best friend’s wedding when she asks him to be her maid of honor.

‘Baby Mama,’ ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’

Meanwhile, Universal’s Baby Mama slipped to fifth place, collecting $5.7 million from 2,627 sites. Starring Tina Fey as an infertile businesswoman who hires Amy Poehler as her surrogate, the comedy brought its total haul to $40.3 million after three weeks in release.

At no. 6, Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, featuring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis, pulled in $3.7 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $50.7 million.

Following in seventh place was Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, with a weekend gross of $3.1 million. The New Line Cinema comedy brought its domestic total to $30.7 million after a solid three-week run.

‘Redbelt’ modest following expansion

Lionsgate’s The Forbidden Kingdom tumbled to no. 8 with $1.9 million at 1,724 locations. Starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, the action adventure centers on an American teenager who’s thrust into a magical world to free an imprisoned king.

Summit Entertainment’s adventure Nim’s Island dropped to ninth place with $1.3 million, followed by David Mamet’s thriller Redbelt, which expanded to 1,379 theaters this weekend, earning $1.1 million.

Exiting the Top Ten were:

  • Screen Gems’ Prom Night, with a total of $42.8 million after a five-week run. Cast: Brittany Snow. Scott Porter.
  • Sony Pictures’ drama 21, with a cume of $80.4 million after seven weeks in release.
    Cast: Jim Sturgess. Kate Bosworth.

Emile Hirsch Speed Racer image: Warner Bros.

May 5

Yeah, he can fly!

Iron Man soared to the top of the North American box office this weekend with a stunning US$100.7 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Adding revenues from Thursday night’s screenings, the film reached a domestic total of $104.2 million.

Paramount Pictures’ Marvel Comics adaptation came close to beating the $114.8 million record opening for a non-sequel, set by Spider-Man in 2002. Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr. as high-profile weapons manufacturer Tony Stark, who becomes a superhero after building a high-tech, armor-plated suit.

Debuting in second place was Sony’s romantic comedy Made of Honor, with $15.5 million. Starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, the romantic comedy centers on a man who plots to ruin his best friend’s wedding after she asks him to be her maid of honor.

Last week’s winner Baby Mama dropped to No. 3, earning $10.3 million, bringing its total haul to $32.3 million. Directed by Michael McCullers, the Universal comedy stars Tina Fey as an infertile businesswoman who hires a chaotic working girl (Amy Poehler) as her surrogate.

At No. 4, Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall brought in $6.1 million from 2,872 theaters. Starring Jason Segel as a sluggish musician mourning the breakup with his girlfriend (Kristen Bell), the Judd Apatow-produced comedy lifted its cumulative gross to $44.8 million after a solid three-week run.

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay slipped to fifth place with $6 million, reaching a domestic total of $25.2 million after two weeks in release. The Warner Bros. sequel stars John Cho and Kal Penn as two clueless stoners who are shipped to Guantanamo Bay after being mistaken for terrorists.

Meanwhile, Rob Minkoff’s The Forbidden Kingdom tumbled to No. 6 with a weekend gross of $4.2 million and a cumulative gross of $45.1 million. Starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, the martial-arts tale centers on an American teenager who’s thrust into a magical world in order to free an imprisoned king.

Following at No. 7 with $2.7 million was Nim’s Island, which brought its domestic total to $42,5 million after five weeks in release. At No. 8, Screen Gems’ teen horror flick Prom Night collected $2.5 million, lifting its total gross to $41.4 million.

Two films rounded out the top 10: Robert Luketic’s drama 21, which slipped to ninth place and pulled in $2.1 million, and Al Pacino’s thriller 88 Minutes, which took home $1.6 million.

Exiting the top 10 were Steve Martino and Jimmy Hayward’s computer-animated family flick Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, which scored $149.8 million after an eight-week run, and Marcel Langenegger’s directorial debut, Deception, which earned only $3.9 million after nearly two weeks in release.

April 27

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s comedy Baby Mama (above) crawled to the top of the North American box office this weekend with US$18.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Released by Universal and directed by Michael McCullers, Baby Mama stars Fey as an infertile businesswoman who hires an irresponsible sluggard (Poehler) as her surrogate.

New entry Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (above) debuted in second place with $14.5 million from ticket sales at 2,510 locations. Starring John Cho and Kal Penn as two stoners mistaken for terrorists, the sequel delivered a weekend opening gross almost triple that of its predecessor, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

Last week’s box office champ The Forbidden Kingdom slipped to No. 3, earning $11.2 million at 3,151 theaters. The Rob Minkoff-directed actioner, starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan as two warriors helping an American boy free an imprisoned king, lifted its cumulative gross to $38.2 million after a solid two-week run.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Stoller’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall fell to fourth place, collecting $11 million. Universal’s romantic comedy, which stars Jason Segel as a musician struggling to get over his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), brought its domestic total to $35 million after two weeks in release.

At No. 5, Summit Entertainment’s adventure Nim’s Island (above) took home $4.5 million, reaching a total haul of $38.9 million. Directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the film stars Abigail Breslin as a young adventurer living on a secret island with her father (Gerard Butler).

Screen Gems’ teen horror flick Prom Night dropped to No. 6 this weekend, pulling $4.4 million from 2,821 sites. The Nelson McCormick-directed thriller, which follows a young student (Brittany Snow) chased by a sadistic killer, brought its cumulative take to $38 million after three weeks in release.

Following closely in seventh place was Robert Luketic’s drama 21, which took home $4 million and lifted its domestic total to $75.7 million. Al Pacino’s thriller 88 Minutes slipped to No. 8, with a weekend gross of $3.6 million, bringing its total haul to only $12.6 million after a feeble two-week run.

Rounding out the top 10 were Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! with $2.4 million, and new entry Deception, starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Ewan McGregor, which despite opening at more than 2,000 theaters, brought in only $2.2 million.

Exiting the top 10 this weekend were David Ayer’s Street Kings with a cumulative gross of $23.6 million, and George Clooney’s screwball comedy Leatherheads, which finished off with a total of $29.2 million.

April 20

Jackie Chan and Jet Li’s martial-arts extravaganza The Forbidden Kingdom fought its way to the top of the North American box office this weekend with $20.9 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Released by Lionsgate and directed by Rob Minkoff, The Forbidden Kingdom follows the adventures of an American teenager who’s sent back to ancient China, where he joins a group of warriors attempting to free an imprisoned king.

Universal’s romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall debuted in second place with $17.3 million at 2,798 sites. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Nicolas Stoller, the film stars Jason Segel in the role of a musician who struggles to get over his ex-girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell).

Last week’s box office champ, Prom Night, slipped to No. 3, collecting $9.1 million from 2,700 locations. The Nelson McCormick-directed horror flick, with Brittany Snow playing a teenager chased by a sadistic killer, brought its domestic total to $32.5 million after a two-week run.

Sony’s crime thriller 88 Minutes, starring Al Pacino (right) as a forensic psychiatrist who receives a call telling him he has 88 minutes to live, opened in fourth place with only $6.8 million.

Meanwhile, Nim’s Island dropped to No. 5, with a weekend gross of $5.6 million and a total haul of $32.8 million after three weeks in release. Directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the film stars Abigail Breslin as a young adventuress living on an island with her father, played by Gerard Butler.

Robert Luketic’s crime drama 21, from Sony Pictures, dropped to sixth place with $5.5 million. Starring Jim Sturgess as a gifted MIT student who spends his weekends gambling in Las Vegas, the movie lifted its cumulative gross to $69.9 million after a strong four-week run.

Following at No. 7 was David Ayer’s crime thriller Street Kings, which took home $4 million. Released by Fox Searchlight and starring Keanu Reeves as a veteran cop who finds himself implicated in his ex-partner’s murder, the movie reached a domestic total of $19.8 million after two weeks in release.

At No. 8, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! pulled $3.5 million and brought its total to $144.4 million, followed closely by new entry Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which debuted in ninth place with $3.1 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was Universal’s sports comedy Leatherheads, which earned $3 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $26.5 million after a weak three-week run.

Exiting the top 10 this weekend were Noam Murro’s Smart People, with a total of $6.8 million, and Craig Mazin’s Superhero Movie, with a domestic total of $23.5 million.

April 13

Prom Night slashed its competition, taking over the top spot at the North American box office this weekend with US$22.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Screen Gems’ remake of Paul Lynch’s 1980 horror flick debuted at 2,700 sites on Friday, scoring with audiences despite being slammed by critics nationwide. Directed by Nelson McCormick, the film stars Brittany Snow as a high-school student chased by a sadistic killer at her senior prom.

David Ayer’s crime thriller Street Kings opened in second place with $12 million. Released by 20th Century Fox and based on a story by James Ellroy, the film stars Keanu Reeves as a veteran cop who goes ballistic after being implicated in the murder of his former partner.

Last week’s winner 21 dropped to No. 3, earning $11 million from ticket sales at 2,736 locations. The Robert Luketic-directed crime drama, about a gifted MIT student who spends his weekend in Vegas cashing in at the big casinos, reached a domestic total of $62.2 million after three weeks in release.

At No. 4, Nim’s Island collected $9 million, lifting its cumulative gross to $25.2 million after a mediocre two-week run. Directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the film stars Abigail Breslin as a young adventurer living on a secret island with her scientist father (Gerard Butler).

Meanwhile, George Clooney’s screwball comedy Leatherheads slipped to fifth place, taking home $6.2 million. Starring Clooney as a football hero struggling to save his team from financial ruin, the Universal release brought its domestic total to $21.9.

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! delivered yet another strong performance, pulling $6 million from 3,209 sites. The Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino-directed computer-animated film, which features the voice of Jim Carrey as an eccentric elephant, reached a total haul of $139.6 million after an impressive five-week run.

New entry Smart People debuted in seventh place with $4.2 million. Released by Miramax Films, the Noam Murro-directed family drama tells the story of a depressed professor (Dennis Quaid) whose life takes a drastic turn after his adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) shows up at his front door.

Following closely at No. 8 was Paramount’s horror flick The Ruins, which collected $3.2 million and lifted its cumulative gross to $13.4 million after two weeks in release. Based on a novel by Scott B. Smith and directed by Carter Smith, the thriller focuses on four Americans trapped at an archeological site during their Mexican vacation.

Two films rounded out the top 10: MGM’s spoof Superhero Movie, with a weekend gross of $3.1 million, and Paramount’s comedy Drillbit Taylor with $2 million.

Exiting the top 10 this weekend were Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, which lifted its domestic total to $40.1 million after four weeks in release, and Roland Emmerich’s epic 10,000 B.C., which has pulled in a total of $91.7 million.

April 6

George Clooney’s sports comedy Leatherheads failed to kick Robert Luketic’s gambling drama 21 off the throne at the North American box office this weekend.

Universal’s screwball comedy, which stars Clooney as a football coach struggling to save his team from financial ruin, debuted in second place with a weekend gross of US$13.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sony’s crime drama 21 claimed the top spot for a second straight week with a three-day total of $15.1 million. Starring Jim Sturgess as a talented MIT student who spends his weekend cashing in at Vegas’ hottest casinos, 21 lifted its domestic total to $46.5 million after a strong two-week run.

New entry Nim’s Island opened at No. 3, earning $13.3 million from ticket sales at 3,513 locations. Based on a novel by Wendy Orr, and directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the adventure film follows a girl (Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine) living on a remote island with her scientist father (Gerard Butler of 300).

At No. 4, 20th Century Fox’s Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! collected $9.1 million, reaching a cumulative gross of $131.6 million after only four weeks in release. Directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, the computer-animated film features the voice of Jim Carrey as that of an eccentric elephant protecting a microscopic community from the brink of disaster.

Paramount’s The Ruins, this weekend’s third wide release, debuted in fifth place with $7.8 million. The Carter Smith-directed horror thriller focuses on four American friends who fall victim to an evil force at an archaeological site in Mexico.

Superhero Movie slipped to No. 6, taking home $5.4 million at 2,965 sites. Craig Mazin’s slapstick comedy, which takes great pleasure in spoofing action blockbusters such as Batman Begins and Spider-Man, reached a domestic total of $16.8 million after a weak two-week run.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns tumbled to No. 7, pulling $3.5 million and lifting its total haul to 37.7 million. Lionsgate’s family drama stars Angela Bassett as a single parent whose life takes a drastic turn after she inherits a house from a father she’s never met.

At No. 8, Paramount’s comedy Drillbit Taylor, starring Owen Wilson, brought in $3.4 million, while Fox’s horror remake Shutter took home $2.8 million in ninth place.

Rounding out the top 10 was Roland Emmerich’s pre-historical adventure 10,000 B.C., which earned $2.7 million, bringing its cumulative take to $89.3 million after five weeks in release.

Also opening this weekend was Martin Scorsese’s documentary Shine a Light, which earned $1.5 million from ticket sales at only 276 theaters. Distributed by Paramount Classic, the film focuses on the Rolling Stones’ 2006 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Jim Sturgess 21

March 31: 21 played its cards right this weekend, seizing the top spot at the North American box office with $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.

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.

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:

  • Doomsday, with a domestic total of $8.9 million.
  • The Other Boleyn Girl, with $22.5 million.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Scarlett Johansson. Eric Bana. Eddie Redmayne.
  • Semi-Pro, with $32.2 million.
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles, with $67.7 million.

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), 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 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) 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’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 $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.

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.

Meanwhile, 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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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.

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