'When A Stranger Calls' Picks Up $22 Million And #1

Thriller took the top spot while Oscar-nominated 'Brokeback Mountain' climbed to #4.

A trip to the cineplex may have left a lot of teenagers rethinking their babysitting jobs as "When a Stranger Calls" took the #1 spot at the box office.

In the fright-fest remake, which earned $22 million, Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) begins to receive ominous phone calls during a routine babysitting gig, asking if she's "checked the children lately." After realizing the calls might not be a joke, Jill notifies the police — who trace the calls to a phone inside the house (see [article id="1523014"]" 'When A Stranger Calls' Brings The Horror Home"[/article]).

"Big Momma's House 2" slipped to #2 in the box-office rankings, earning more than $13.3 million. The comedy finds Martin Lawrence revisiting the role of Malcolm Turner, an FBI agent who goes undercover in a fat suit and flowered dress as Big Momma (see [article id="1521381"]"Rewind: A Wardrobe Full of Cinematic Cross-Dressing Goodness"[/article]). This time around, Turner is investigating his former partner's murder.

"Nanny McPhee" fell from #2 to #3 this week with more than $9.9 million. The family-friendly flick stars Emma Thompson as the magical title character called to help tame the seven unruly children of a recent widower (Colin Firth).

"Brokeback Mountain," nominated for eight Academy Awards on Tuesday (see [article id="1522845"]" 'Brokeback Mountain' Leads Oscar Race With Eight Nominations"[/article]), enjoyed a two-notch rise on the box-office top 10 this week. The film about a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who fall in love one summer, rose from #6 to #4 with more than #5.6 million (see [article id="1517571"]" 'Brokeback' More Than Just 'The Gay Cowboy Film,' Cast Says"[/article]).

"Hoodwinked," the film that answers any lingering questions children may have about what exactly went on at Grandma's house in "Little Red Riding Hood," held at #5 for a second week. The animated film, featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Anthony Anderson, earned $5.3 million.

From fairy tale animals to creatures of the night, the vampire-centric "Underworld: Evolution" fell from #3 to #6 with $5.1 million. The sequel, starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman, centers on the legacy of the feud between the vampire Death Dealers and werewolf Lycans (see [article id="1520734"]"Scott Speedman Says 'Underworld' Vampire Sex Scene Sucked"[/article]).

Rounding out this week's box-office top 10 are "Something New," which bowed at #7 with more than $5 million; "Annapolis," which fell from #4 to #8 with more than $3.4 million; "Walk the Line," which reappeared on the top 10 at #9 with more than $3.4 million; and "Glory Road," which fell from #7 to #10 with more than $3 million.

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

Next week, look for "Curious George," "Final Destination 3," "Firewall" and "The Pink Panther" to debut on the box-office top 10.

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