Ice Cube Drives 'Are We There Yet?' Straight To #1

Road-trip comedy debuts with $18.5 million take.

Just a few days after its release, the comedic road-trip flick "Are We There Yet?" reached its destination.

The film, which stars Ice Cube and Nia Long, bowed at #1 with $18.5 million, according to early estimates. In the flick, Ice Cube portrays Nick, a player who, after falling for a single mother (Long), gets stuck with the dismal task of taking her two kids on a long road trip. Naturally, the two children, who are very protective of their mother, wreak havoc on Nick and his new car.

Ice Cube's new comedy drove "Coach Carter" down to #2. The film, which opened last week in the top spot and raked in $11 million this weekend, is about a high school basketball coach (Samuel L. Jackson) who invokes the ire of the school and the town when he benches his undefeated team due to the players' poor grades.

"Meet the Fockers" continues to meet with success, despite dropping a spot this week. After five weeks in theaters, the comedy that stars Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as the lovingly bizarre Focker family, has accumulated $247.7 million. Landing at #3 this week, "Meet the Fockers" added $10.2 million to its total pull.

Debuting in the top 10 last week after being shown in limited release, "In Good Company" hung on to the #4 spot for the second week in a row. The dramatic comedy, which stars Dennis Quaid as the head of ad sales at a major sports magazine who loses his job to a young upstart nearly half his age (Topher Grace), raked in $8.5 million.

The children's movie "Racing Stripes," about a zebra who desperately wants to become a racehorse, dropped two spots from #3 to #5 with more than $7 million.

This week's only other new release didn't fare quite as well as "Are We There Yet?" "Assault on Precinct 13," the remake of John Carpenter's 1976 action/thriller of the same name, bowed at #6. Ethan Hawke stars as Los Angeles police officer Jake Roenick, whose Precinct 13 comes under attack on New Year's Eve by a gang seeking to kill a convict, Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne), housed inside. The film, which also features Ja Rule and Drea de Matteo, earned more than $7 million.

Rounding out the top 10 this week are "The Phantom of the Opera," which rises from #9 to #7 with more than $5 million; "White Noise," which drops from #6 to #8 with $5 million; "The Aviator," which falls from #7 to #9 with more than $4.8 million; and "Elektra," which, in only its second week in theaters, tumbles five spots from #5 to #10 with more than $3.8 million.

Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.

Next week, look for "Hide and Seek" to debut in the box-office top 10.

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