With the aid of Jude Law’s impressive piloting skills, one film easily flew to the top of the box office.
“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” bowed in the #1 spot on the box-office top 10 during a weekend of generally poor ticket sales, with $16.2 million, according to early estimates.
The flick follows reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is investigating the disappearance of the world’s scientists. Working with adept aviation officer Joseph “Sky Captain” Sullivan (Jude Law), Perkins goes after the man behind the vanishings, a mad scientist looking to destroy the world of the present and create a “world of tomorrow.”
Though it didn’t score a home run in its opening weekend, “Mr. 3000″ debuted well on the box-office top 10, landing at #2 with $9.2 million. The film centers on former baseball player Stan Ross (Bernie Mac), who quit the game after he reached 3,000 hits. After centering his successful post-baseball career on his title of Mr. 3000, however, the middle-aged Ross finds out that three of his hits don’t count and he will have to get back into the game to reclaim his title.
After debuting at #1 last week, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” took a tumble to #3. The sci-fi thriller, which stars Milla Jovovich, brought in $9 million in its second week in theaters.
The slightly sunnier romantic comedy “Wimbledon” bowed at #4. With Kirsten Dunst starring as a rising tennis star and Paul Bettany playing a slightly less adept British tennis player who falls for her, the flick brought in $7.8 million.
“Cellular,” however, tops a list of three films which each dropped three notches from last week’s top 10. The thriller, which stars Kim Basinger and William H. Macy, fell from #2 to #5 during its second week in theaters, bringing in more than $6.8 million. “Without a Paddle” is struggling to stay afloat, falling three spots from #3 to #6, earning more than $3.7 million. Even unparalleled martial-arts skills couldn’t help “Hero” maintain its position in the top five. The film dropped from #4 to #7 this week with more than $2.9 million.
One movie, however, continues to rise up the top 10. The comedic flick “Napoleon Dynamite” has been in theaters for 15 weeks and has begun to climb the top 10, rising from #10 to #8 this week with $2.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are “Collateral,” which falls from #8 to #9 with $2.3 million; and “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” which dives from #5 to #10 with $2 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down this week from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “First Daughter” and “The Forgotten” to debut in the box-office top 10. Also opening next week is “Shaun of the Dead” and “The Last Shot.”
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