Teenage girls everywhere let out a collective devastated sigh this weekend as their hopes of seeing Ashton Kutcher in his skivvies were dashed when his latest movie, "A Lot Like Love," failed to debut at #1 on the box-office top 10.
Kutcher had publicly promised to do a Calvin Klein underwear ad if the American public made his film #1 in its first weekend in theaters, but moviegoers gave the blue ribbon to Nicole Kidman's "The Interpreter" instead. The Sydney Pollack-directed film — which also stars Sean Penn and Catherine Keener — bowed at #1, pulling in more than $22.8 million, according to early estimates.
"The Interpreter" centers on an African-born United Nations interpreter (Kidman) who overhears a plot to assassinate an African head of state. Penn stars as a federal agent who, while protecting the interpreter, is nonetheless skeptical of her story.
There's only room for one movie at the top, so "The Amityville Horror" was relegated to the #2 box-office spot in its second week in theaters. The horror flick that debuted at #1 last week stars Ryan Reynolds as George Lutz, a man who moves his family into a house where gruesome murders were committed just one year earlier (see "A House To Die For"). "Amityville," a remake of the 1979 film of the same name, earned $14.2 million.
In its third week in theaters, "Sahara" dropped another notch on the box-office top 10. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn as explorers on the hunt for "The Ship of Death," a Civil War battleship filled with treasure, the film fell from #2 to #3 with $9 million.
A fully clothed Kutcher debuted at #4 with his romantic comedy, "A Lot Like Love." The film stars Kutcher and Amanda Peet as friends/lovers who come in and out of each other's lives for seven years, beginning with their chance meeting on a flight from Los Angeles to New York when they join the mile-high club together (see "A Lot Like Laughter"). "A Lot Like Love" earned more than $7.7 million in its opening week.
After two weeks in limited release, "Kung Fu Hustle" went wide on Friday and raced quickly up the box-office top 10, landing at #5 with more than $7.2 million. The action/adventure flick directed by Stephen Chow ("Shaolin Soccer") takes place in 1940s China and centers on Sing, an aspiring member of the Axe Gang. When Sing sets out to complete his initiation by killing someone in a quiet neighborhood, he inadvertently angers a group of martial arts masters who call the area home.
With three films entering the upper half of the box-office top 10 this week, Jimmy Fallon's "Fever Pitch" dropped three spots from #3 to #6, taking more than $5.4 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are "Sin City," slipping from #4 to #7 with more than $3.7 million; "Guess Who," falling from #5 to #8 with $3.5 million; "Robots," sliding from #7 to #9 with $3.3 million; and "King's Ransom," which debuts at #10 with more than $2.2 million (see "Anthony Anderson: It's Good To Be King").
Overall, ticket sales were down this weekend from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "XXX: State of the Union" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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