Full-sized Hollywood actors knocked the pint-sized magicians and oversized ogres out of the top spots of the box office top 10 this week.
“Dodgeball” was the true underdog story this weekend. The tale of two teams of gym rats who compete against one another in an international dodgeball tournament dipped, ducked and dove to debut in the #1 spot with $30 million in ticket sales, according to early estimates.
The heavily hyped “The Terminal” bowed on the countdown at #2. With Tom Hanks starring as an immigrant forced to live in a New York airport, “The Terminal” took in $18.7 million in its opening week.
Even magic couldn’t help “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” maintain the top spot this week. The flick pulled in more than $17.4 million and dropped two spots to #3 in its third week in theaters after spending its first two at the #1 spot.
The top of the heap may be in a land far far away for “Shrek 2,” but no matter — the film’s total box-office pull continues to dwarf the competition. “Shrek 2″ comes in at #4 with $13.6 million in sales, bringing its total for five weeks in theaters to $378.3 million.
Proving, along with Shrek, that thin isn’t always in, the fat orange feline star of “Garfield” helps the flick hang on to a spot in the top five. “Garfield” comes in at #5 with $11 million in ticket sales.
Even with box-office heavyweights Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick starring, “The Stepford Wives” can’t seem to crack the upper half of the top 10. Dropping a spot from #5 to #6 in its second week, the flick took in $9.2 million.
Muscle-bound Riddick dove five spots to #7. In its second week in theaters, “The Chronicles of Riddick” took in $8.3 million.
Rounding out the top 10 this week are “The Day After Tomorrow,” which drops from #6 to #8 with more than $7.5 million in ticket sales; “Around the World in 80 Days,” which comes in at #9 with more than $6.3 million; and “Troy,” which drops from #8 to #10 with just over $1.7 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down slightly from the same weekend in June 2003. This is the first time in over a month that the total weekend box-office pull has been less than the corresponding weekend in 2003.
Out in theaters next week are “The Notebook” and the controversial Michael Moore flick “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
For more on “Dodgeball” check out “Ben Stiller: ’Dodge Dealer.’ “
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