A pack of wild robots and a catwoman couldn’t keep Jason Bourne from winning the #1 spot at the box office last week. This time around, it took a village to bring him down.
M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” trounced “The Bourne Supremacy,” bowing in the #1 spot on the box-office top 10 with more than $50.8 million in ticket sales, according to early estimates.
“The Village” centers on the townspeople in a rural village whose otherwise serene community is overshadowed by tales of evil creatures living in the surrounding woods. No one leaves the community as they are told that the creatures will attack if any inhabitant of the village crosses into the forest.
“The Bourne Supremacy” dropped to #2 with ticket sales of $23.4 million. The action sequel to 2002’s “The Bourne Identity” finds Bourne enacting his promised retaliation against the CIA for attempting to find him.
The $80 million remake of 1962’s “The Manchurian Candidate” debuted at #3. The thriller, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, took in $20.2 million.
Will Smith’s “I, Robot” took another tumble, dropping two spots to #4. The futuristic film about robots taking over the world raked in more than $10 million, bringing its total sales for its first three weeks in theaters to more than $114.7 million.
“Spider-Man 2” has begun to lose its grip on the upper reaches of the top 10, landing at #5 with $8.5 million in ticket sales. Still, the film’s total take (more than $344.3 million) easily surpasses all other films in the top 10.
Another comic-book adaptation hasn’t fared nearly as well, however. Halle Berry’s “Catwoman,” which debuted at a disappointing #3, dropped to #6 with more than $6 million.
“Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” had an equally poor opening, bowing on the top 10 at #7 with more than $5.1 million.
The three films rounding out the top 10 this week each dropped three spots from last week. Hilary Duff’s “A Cinderella Story” comes in at #8 with more than $4.6 million; “Anchorman” slides to #9 with $3.1 million; and “Fahrenheit 9/11” falls to #10 with $3.1 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up this week from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “Open Water” and “Little Black Book” to debut in the box-office top 10.
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