Mr. Deeds In The Money At Box Office As Well

Adam Sandler comedy rakes in $37.6 million in first weekend.

Though it’s considerably less than the $40 billion Longfellow Deeds inherits in the movie, the $37.6 million debut of “Mr. Deeds” was enough to land the Adam Sandler comedy in the #1 spot.

The former “Saturday Night Live” player’s last picture, 2000’s “Little Nicky,” was a bomb, but “Deeds” has him back on top. According to studio estimates, “Mr. Deeds” edged out its closest competition by about $15 million, effectively proving that Sandler’s name still has what it takes to sell a movie (click for photos from the movie).

Last week’s neck-and-neck contestants stayed close this time around with different results. Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch” held on to the #2 slot with $22.2 million, while Tom Cruise’s “Minority Report” (click for photos from the movie) slid to #3 with $21.6 million (see “Tom Cruise Threatened By Tubby Blue Alien” ). “Hey Arnold! The Movie,” another cartoon caper, opened at #6 with $6 million (see “Billionaire Buffoon, Big-Headed Cartoon Join Box Office Fray” ).

The rest of the top 10 includes “Scooby-Doo” at #4 with $12.2 million for an overall take of $123.8 million in three weeks of release; the Matt Damon-led action/mystery vehicle “The Bourne Identity” at #5 with $10.8 million; nuclear-terror thriller “The Sum of All Fears” at #7 with $4.8 million for an overall take of $105.3 million in five weeks of release; “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” at #8 with $4 million; World War II epic “Windtalkers,” which has director John Woo again talking about reteaming with Nicolas Cage for another period drama, at #9 with $3.6 million; and “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” at #10 with $3.5 million.

“Spider-Man” slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since its record opening nine weeks ago, coming in at #11 with $3 million for an overall take of $395 million (see ” ’Spider-Man’ Breaks Box-Office Record” ).