Millions of people saw Mariah Carey return to the spotlight during Friday night's telethon; far fewer fans turned out to see her new movie, "Glitter."
The film, which stars Carey as a young singer overcoming a troubled past, was the nation's 11th highest-grossing movie over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
Though "Glitter" was the only major film that opened on Friday, it took in just $2.5 million, falling behind movies that have been in theaters for weeks, including "The Others," "American Pie 2" and "Rush Hour 2."
The weekend's #1 draw was the Keanu Reeves vehicle "Hardball," which grossed $8.2 million, according to the AP.
Carey stopped promoting "Glitter" and its accompanying soundtrack after suffering what her publicist called a physical and emotional breakdown in July (see "Mariah Carey Had 'Breakdown,' Her Publicist Says"). The album, released September 11, debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 (see "Jay-Z's Dynasty Continues As Blueprint Debuts At #1").
"I was exhausted, I needed to rest," Carey said last week at a screening of "Glitter" (see "An Emotional Mariah Carey Watches 'Glitter' Alongside Her Fans"). "I tend to work myself to the ground like a superhero. And guess what? I'm human, so you can't do that. But it really required me acknowledging that. There was nobody to tell me to stop working."
Carey's publicist had no comment Monday afternoon on the movie's box-office performance.
The singer performed "Hero" Friday night on the telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes" (see "Mariah Carey, Springsteen, Other Stars Sing For America On Telethon").
For a feature interview with Mariah Carey, check out "Mariah Carey: Under Pressure."