A frantic mother and a deceased animated bride ousted a confused female ghost from the top spot at the box office, as "Flightplan" and "Corpse Bride" bested last week's #1 movie, "Just Like Heaven."
"Flightplan," starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard, bowed at #1 on the box-office top 10, earning more than $24.6 million, according to early estimates. In the thriller, Foster plays a widow who mysteriously loses her daughter on a flight from Berlin to New York. To make matters worst, neither the crew nor the passengers aboard her flight ever saw the woman's daughter board the plane (see "Jodie Foster's 'Flightplan' Role Originally Written For A Guy, But 'Didn't Ring True' ").
Maybe all those goth kids in your high school were on to something, because according to Tim Burton's new film, "Corpse Bride," which debuted at #2 this week, the world of the dead is way, way cooler than the one inhabited by the living. In the flick, which earned more than $20.1 million, Johnny Depp voices Victor, a man who flees his wedding and accidentally slips a wedding band intended for his fiancee onto the hand of a deceased bride. The Corpse Bride then whisks Victor down into the much livelier land of the dead (see "Dead Ahead: Tim Burton's Sweetly Spooky 'Corpse Bride' ").
Speaking of burgeoning romances with the deceased, "Just Like Heaven," which stars Mark Ruffalo as a man who begins a relationship with the recently departed owner of his new apartment, Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon), fell from #1 to #3 with $9.8 million.
Bow Wow's latest flick, "Roll Bounce," bounded onto the top 10 at #4 with $8 million. In the film, the rapper stars as X, a star roller-skater who, along with his skating buddies, gets a lesson in humility when his local rink closes and he enters a competition with the all-star
skaters at the uptown Sweetwater Roller Rink.
With three films making their debuts in the box-office top 10, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" was knocked down three spots from #2 to #5. The courtroom drama that centers on the controversial Catholic Church-condoned exorcism performed on a teenage girl earned $7.5 million. Nicolas Cage's "Lord of War" suffered a similar fate, falling from #3 to #6 with $4.9 million. In the action flick, Cage stars as international arms dealer Yuri Orlov, who is forced to reexamine his chosen profession as he is being chased by an Interpol agent played by Ethan Hawke (see "Nic Cage Hopes To Push Buttons With Trigger-Pulling 'War' ").
Rounding out the box-office top 10 are "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which slips from #4 to #7 with more than $4.2 million (see "For 'Virgin' Leading Man Steve Carell, First Time's A Charm").; "The Constant Gardener," which slides from #7 to #8 with more than $2.2 million; "Transporter 2," which falls from #6 to #9 with more than $2.1 million(see "'Transporter 2' Delivers Explosive Lesson To Model Kate Nauta"),; and "Cry_Wolf," which tumbles from #5 to #10 more than $2.1 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "Oliver Twist," "Into the Blue," "Proof" and "A History of Violence" to debut in the top 10. Also opening is "Little Manhattan" and "Capote."
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