The people over at Sony Pictures must be breathing a little easier. After unleashing one of the biggest bombs in recent memory with "Gigli," the studio's cop caper "S.W.A.T." topped the box office over the weekend with an estimated $37 million debut. (Click for photos from "S.W.A.T.")
"Gigli," meanwhile, quietly disappeared from the top 10.
"S.W.A.T." will have to keep going strong to recoup its reported $70 million budget, a figure no doubt driven up by the hefty salaries of heavy hitters like Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell, whose "Phone Booth," "The Recruit" and "Daredevil" all opened at #1 as well.
The weekend's #2 flick, Disney's "Freaky Friday," has pulled in more than $33 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates. A remake of the kid-oriented 1976 comedy about a mother and daughter who mystically switch bodies, "Freaky Friday" was originally going to co-star Kelly Osbourne (see "Kelly Osbourne No Longer Getting 'Freaky' ") but ended up featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan instead. (Click for photos from "Freaky Friday.")
Angelina Jolie's "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" still has a long way to go to recover its $90 million cost. The film has made just $53.6 million in the past three weeks and fell to #8 with $5.2 million over the weekend.
Recently announced California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger's (see "Schwarzenegger Seeks To 'Terminate' California Governorship") "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is in a similar boat, falling to #10 over the weekend with $1.6 million. The sci-fi action flick cost a reported $170 million to make (including Arnie's $30 million salary) and has pulled in less than $150 million in six weeks of release.
Last week's #1 film, "American Wedding," fell to #3 with $15.1 million. The third and reportedly final installment of the "American Pie" series (see " 'Pie' Cast Says Smaller 'Wedding' Is Tastiest Slice Yet") has made $64.9 million in two weeks of release.
The rest of the weekend's top 10 includes "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" at #4 with $13.1 million ($232.8 million, five weeks); Tobey Maguire's "Seabiscuit" at #5 with $11.9 million ($69.5 million, three weeks); "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" at #6 with $10.1 million ($87.4 million, three weeks); "Bad Boys II" at #7 with $6 million ($123 million, four weeks); and "Finding Nemo," now the ninth highest-grossing film of all time, at #9 with $2.5 million ($324.8 million, 11 weeks).