If singer Omarion was worried about life after boy bands following his
recent split from B2K, this weekend’s box-office tally should ease his
mind. The $8 million urban dance drama “You Got Served,” which co-stars
Omarion and his former bandmates, was the surprise winner in the box-office race with grosses of $16 million, according to studio estimates,
nearly doubling its expected opening numbers. (Click for photos from “You Got Served.” )
“Served” fans didn’t seem too preoccupied with Super Bowl party plans
to check out the flick about rival Los Angeles street-dance crews, but
the rest of the top 10 saw a significant drop from last week’s numbers.
Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller maintained their grip on the
#2 spot with “Along Came Polly,” which took in an estimated $10.1
million in its third week for a to-date total of $66.7 million.
Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher’s time-travel drama, “The Butterfly Effect,”
slipped two spots to #3 on grosses of $10 million.
The week’s two new releases both limped onto the charts. SAT caper “The
Perfect Score,” starring Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation”), landed at #5 with a $5 million take (Click for photos from “The Perfect Score” ), while “The Big Bounce,” starring Owen
Wilson, finished outside the top 10 at #12 on an estimated $3.3 million.
Although the Golden Globe winners and Oscar nominations were announced
last week, few of the recognized films saw a major box-office bounce.
Oscar favorite “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” scored 11 nominations, which helped it climb one spot to #4 on grosses of $5.3
million. With an accumulated domestic total of $345 million, the final
installment of Peter Jackson’s fantasy series has become the trilogy’s
highest-grossing episode, as well as the highest-grossing movie
released in 2003, surpassing “Finding Nemo” ($339.7 million).
The Nicole Kidman/ Jude Law Civil War drama “Cold Mountain” was shut out
of the major Globes categories yet picked up seven Academy Award
nominations as it held steady at #7 with $4.5 million, tying with “Win
a Date with Tad Hamilton!”
“Mystic River,” nominated for six Academy Awards and winner of a Best
Actor Golden Globe for Sean Penn, moved up a spot to #9 on grosses of
$4.4 million, a 31 percent jump from last week. Moving into an
additional 338 theaters, the well-reviewed Charlize Theron
serial-killer drama, “Monster,” climbed to its highest position yet at
#11 on grosses of $3.5 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are “Big Fish” at #6 with $4.6 million and “Cheaper by the Dozen” at #10 with $4.1 million.
During a typically slow period, the top 12 movies grossed $75 million,
a six percent slip from last year’s Super Bowl weekend.