The Rock Battles His Way To Box-Office #1

'Doom' tops new releases 'Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story' and 'North Country.'

Audiences across the country smelled what the Rock was cooking this weekend, and sated their appetites by heading to theaters to check out his latest action flick, “Doom.”

The sci-fi thriller bowed at #1 this week with more than $15.3 million, according to early estimates. Based on the popular first-person-shooter video game, “Doom” follows a group of Marines battling killer creatures at a scientific-research station on Mars (see “Dwayne’s ‘Doom’ Day”) .

Over a weekend that did nothing to improve the ongoing box-office slump, “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” debuted at #2 with just $9.3 million. The family-friendly film stars Kurt Russell as a horse trainer who, at the prompting of his daughter (Dakota Fanning), helps nurse an injured horse back to health to compete in the Breeders’ Cup (see “For Dakota Fanning, Hollywood Is One Big Box Of Toys” ).

“Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” slipped from #2 to #3 with $8.7 million. The clay-animation film finds an inventor and his highly intelligent dog fending off a giant beast that threatens the future of their town’s Giant Vegetable Competition (see “Rewind: What’s So Funny About Scary Bunnies?” ).

“The Fog” fell from the top spot to #4 its second week in theaters. The thriller that centers on the haunting of a coastal town by the souls lost in a 100-year-old shipwreck earned $7.3 million.

Charlize Theron’s latest drama, “North Country,” opened at #5 with more than $6.4 million. The Oscar-winning actress stars as a woman who takes a job in Northern Minnesota’s male-dominated iron mines to support her two children, only to end up abused by co-workers. Theron’s character takes action in this fact-based feature, filing a suit over the sexual harassment she endured on the job.

“Elizabethtown” slipped three spots this week, falling from #3 to #6 with more than $5.7 million. Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom star in Cameron Crowe’s latest romance as a downtrodden shoe-company employee and a quirky flight attendant who help each other re-evaluate their lives (see “What Do Orlando Bloom And Liza Minnelli Have In Common? Cameron Crowe Knows” ).

Rounding out this week’s box-office top 10 are “Flightplan,” which falls from #4 to #7 with more than $4.7 million; “In Her Shoes,” which drops from #5 to #8 with $3.9 million; “A History of Violence,” which slips from #8 to #9 with $2.7 million; and “Two for the Money,” which tumbles from #6 to #10 with more than $2.4 million.

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

Next week, look for “Saw II,” “The Legend of Zorro,” “Prime” and “The Weather Man” to debut on the box-office top 10.

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