With pointy teeth bared, vampires and a hungry wolf battled it out for box-office supremacy with the creatures of the night reigning supreme.
"Underworld: Evolution" was the only new release to debut in the upper half of the box-office top 10 this week, bowing at #1 with $27.6 million, according to early estimates. In the sequel to 2003's "Underworld," the history of the feud between the Death Dealers and the Lycans is revealed, with vampire warrior Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and werewolf hybrid Michael (Scott Speedman) at its crux (see "Scott Speedman Says 'Underworld' Vampire Sex Scene Sucked").
"Hoodwinked," the retelling of the classic children's story "Little Red Riding Hood," came in at #2 with more than $11 million. In the animated film — which features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson — a bear police chief and a stork detective are dispatched to find out just what happened at Granny's cottage.
"Glory Road" slipped to #3 with more than $9.1 million this week. The sports drama based on a true story follows the all African-American Texas Western basketball team on the road to winning the 1966 NCAA title (see " 'Glory Road' Cast Learned History As Well As Hoops").
Queen Latifah's "Last Holiday," in which she stars as a woman who radically changes her life after being told she has three weeks to live, fell from #3 to #4 with $9.1 million. LL Cool J co-stars as Latifah's crush-object, sales clerk Sean Matthews (see "LL Cool J And Queen Latifah Finally Hook Up — In 'Last Holiday' ").
"Brokeback Mountain" is the only film to climb within the box-office top 10 this week. The drama, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who fall for each other, rose from #9 to #5 with more than $7.8 million (see " 'Brokeback' More Than Just 'The Gay Cowboy Film,' Cast Says").
"Fun With Dick and Jane" stuck to the #6 spot for the second week in a row. The film that stars Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni as a couple that turns to a life of crime after Dick loses his job, earned $6.1 million.
Rounding out the box-office top 10 are "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which slips from #4 to #7 with more than $6 million; "End of the Spear," which opens at #8 with more than $4.7 million; "Hostel" which tumbles from #5 to #9 with $4.3 million; and "The New World," which debuts at #10 with more than $4.2 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up slightly from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "Big Momma's House 2," "Nanny McPhee" and "Annapolis" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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