Despite an onslaught of tempting new releases, moviegoers still had a craving for the sweet stuff, making “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” the #1 movie for the second week in a row.
While “The Island,” “Bad News Bears,” “Hustle & Flow” and “The Devil’s Rejects” hoped to steal the spotlight, the Tim Burton-helmed fantasy held audiences captive, raking in $28.3 million during its second week in theaters, according to early estimates. In the remake of the 1971 film that starred Gene Wilder in the lead role, Johnny Depp plays Willy Wonka, a reclusive chocolate magnate who opens the doors of his candy factory to five lucky children and their parents (see “Tim Burton: Odd Man In”).
After crashing the #2 spot on the box-office top 10 last week, “Wedding Crashers” staged a repeat performance. Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as divorce mediators who have perfected a method of invading weddings and picking up women (see “Such A Happy Couple: Wilson And Vaughn Crash Hollywood’s A-List”), the comedy claimed the #2 spot for the second week in a row with $26.2 million.
“Fantastic Four” proved the strength of its staying power, holding at #3 for a second week. Jessica Alba and Chris Evans star as Sue Storm and Johnny Storm in the film adaptation of the longest-running comic series in history (see “Rewind: The Long, Strange Trip Of The ’Fantastic Four’ “ ), which pulled in more than $12.2 million this time out.
Debuting in the #4 spot is “The Island,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor as clones whose entire existence is building up to a time when their human counterparts might need to call on them for spare parts (see “Michael Bay Finding Himself Stranded With ’Island’ “ ). The action flick, which also stars Djimon Hounsou and the ubiquitous Steve Buscemi, pulled in $12.1 million.
Opening at #5 isn’t exactly good news for “Bad News Bears.” The remake of the 1976 film that starred Walter Matthau features Billy Bob Thornton as Morris Buttermaker, the boozehound/former pro baseball player who unwittingly takes on the job of coach for the worst team in little league history. Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden co-star in the comedy, which earned $11.5 million its opening weekend.
“War of the Worlds” lost the battle for a spot in the top five this week, dropping two from #4 to #6. The adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells sci-fi novel starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning pulled in over $8.8 million.
Rounding out this week’s box-office top 10 are “Hustle & Flow,” a film about a Memphis hustler trying to make it as a rapper (see “My Block: The Hustle & Flow Of Memphis”), which debuts at #7 with $8.1 million; Rob Zombie’s horror flick “The Devils Rejects,” debuting at #8 with $7 million (see “Throne Of Blood: Rob Zombie Rules As New Horror Royalty”); “Batman Begins,” which falls from #5 to #9 with more than $4.7 million; and, at #10, “March of the Penguins,” taking in $4.3 million to make its top-10 debut after five weeks in theaters.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “Must Love Dogs” to debut in the top 10. “Sky High” and “Stealth” also hit theaters Friday.
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