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 [article id="1511802"](see "Dwayne's 'Doom' Day")[/article].
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 [article id="1511548"]"For Dakota Fanning, Hollywood Is One Big Box Of Toys"[/article]).
"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 [article id="1510816"]"Rewind: What's So Funny About Scary Bunnies?"[/article]).
"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 [article id="1511339"]"What Do Orlando Bloom And Liza Minnelli Have In Common? Cameron Crowe Knows"[/article]).
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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