It turns out that Jen and Ben might have more success offscreen than on.
“Gigli,” the first joint venture of Hollywood’s favorite couple, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, hit theaters Friday but took a major backseat to the third installment of the raunchy “American Pie” series, “American Wedding.”
According to studio estimates, “American Wedding” brought in $34.3 million over the weekend, going straight to #1 at the box office. The teen slapstick comedy, the last of the “American Pie” trilogy, fell short of the $45.1 million take of “American Pie 2″ but beat out the original, which earned $18.7 million in its opening weekend. Cinematic shockers such as a wedding cake covered in body hair and a character eating dog feces undoubtedly helped the film stave off its competition. (Click for photos from “American Wedding.” )
Meanwhile, “Gigli” tied with “Finding Nemo” at #7, pulling in a humbling $3.8 million. It may be especially humbling because Affleck and Lopez’s last films, “Daredevil” and “Maid in Manhattan,” respectively, enjoyed #1 debuts. “Gigli” finds Lopez as a lesbian crook who assists Affleck’s moronic character in a kidnapping plot. In addition to the low ranking it received at the box office, the Lopez-Affleck effort has been dissed by critics near and far. The New York Times dismissed it as a “hopelessly misconceived exercise in celebrity self-worship,” while the Washington Post said it was “enervated, torpid, slack, dreary and, oh yes, nasty, brutish and long.” (Click for photos from “Gigli.” )
In its second weekend out, “Seabiscuit” gained a little momentum, beating its debut at #5 by winning the #4 spot by a nose at $17.4 million.
Last week’s #1 film, “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” fell to #2, taking in $20.1 million this weekend for a $69 million two-week total. Rounding out the top 10 were: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” at #3 with $19.1 million, bringing its four-week total to $209.8 million; “Bad Boys II” at #5 with $12.7 million ($111.3 million, three weeks); “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” at #6 with $11.3 million ($42.5 million, two weeks); “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” at #9 with $3.1 million ($58.8 million, four weeks); and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” at #10 with $2.9 million ($142.7 million, five weeks).