Even grandiose pre-emptive praise from legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy couldn't help the anchorman pull Spider-Man down from the highest spot in the box office top 10.
In its second week in theaters, "Spider-Man 2" spun its web around the #1 spot once again. Ticket sales of $46 million helped bring the film's total pull to over $257.2 million, according to early estimates.
Armed with plenty of "scotchy scotch scotch," Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) took "Anchorman" to the #2 spot. In its opening weekend in theaters, the comedy — which co-stars Christina Applegate — took in $28 million. Even with heavy hype, "King Arthur" couldn't secure the crown this week. The king (Clive Owen), his Knights of the Round Table, and the lovely Guinevere (Keira Knightley) took in a mediocre $15 million during the film's debut weekend.
The controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" continues to draw crowds. The Michael Moore documentary lands at #4 this week (down two spots from last week) with $11 million in ticket sales. Love seems to be lifting up "The Notebook." The romantic flick, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, rose up a spot this week, from #6 to #5 with ticket sales of over $6.5 million.
The films at #3, #4, and #5 last week each dropped three spots this week. "White Chicks," which came in at #3 last week, landed at #6 with $6.5 million. "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" took another hard hit this week, dropping from #4 to #7 with $5.4 million in ticket sales. And even with Tom Hanks starring, "The Terminal" couldn't hang on to the top half of the box office top 10. The film slid from #5 to #8 with $5 million.
After eight weeks in the top 10 and ticket sales of $418.6 million to date, "Shrek 2" is slowly dropping off the chart. The film moved down a spot from #8 last week to #9 this week with $4.5 million. Tween flick "Sleepover," meanwhile, debuted low on the top 10 at the #10 spot with $4.2 million in ticket sales.
Overall, ticket sales for the third weekend in July were down very slightly from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for Will Smith's "I, Robot" and the Hillary Duff vehicle "A Cinderella Story" to debut in the top 10. Also opening next week is the indie flick "Maria Full of Grace."