Twelve years ago Ice Cube called himself America's "most wanted," and this past weekend at the box office he proved to be just that.
Cube's ensemble comedy "Barbershop" was the top draw among moviegoers, raking in $21 million (almost twice its reported budget), according to studio estimates released Sunday. (Click here for photos.)
Set in a Chicago barbershop and co-starring Eve and Cedric the Entertainer, "Barbershop" enjoyed the third-biggest September opening in history, after the original "Rush Hour" and the 1999 Tommy Lee Jones/Ashley Judd movie "Double Jeopardy."
"Stealing Harvard," the weekend's other widely released new picture, starring Jason Lee ("Almost Famous") and comedian Tom Green, debuted at #4 with $6.3 million (see "Ice Cube Cuts Hair, Tom Green Cuts Corners This Weekend").
Meanwhile, indie hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" continued to hold on to #2 despite having been in theaters for 22 weeks and playing on roughly half the number of screens as a movie like "Signs" or "XXX." The quirky comedy made $11 million to push its total to $110 million, while another independently produced feature, Robin Williams' dark drama "One Hour Photo," climbed to #3 with $7.7 million for a four-week total of $14.2 million.
Teen stalker flick "Swimfan" fell from #1 to #5 (see "Steamy 'Swimfan' Takes Top Slot At Box Office"), earning another $6 million toward its $19.7 million total.
"Signs" finished in sixth place with $5.3 million for a total of $212.9 million, placing the M. Night Shyamalan thriller above "Austin Powers in Goldmember" as the summer's biggest draw. "Goldmember" was the #10 movie over the weekend, earning $1.8 million to bring its total to $209.5 million.
The rest of the top 10 includes Robert DeNiro's "City by the Sea" at #7 with $4.7 million ($16.5 million over two weeks); "XXX" at #8 with $3.3 million ($135.4 million over six weeks); and "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams" at #9 with $2.4 million ($77 million over six weeks).