“Failure to Launch” was this weekend’s success story, outperforming the other films in a crop of new releases to become the #1 movie in the country.
The romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey bowed at #1 with $24.6 million, according to early estimates. McConaughey plays a 35-year-old man still living comfortably with his parents, and Parker co-stars as the women his mom and dad (Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw) hire to pretend to be his girlfriend and convince him to move out of the house (see ” ’Failure To Launch’ Addresses National Epidemic: ’Adultescents’ “ ).
Tim Allen’s “The Shaggy Dog” debuted at #2 with more than $16 million. The remake of the family-friendly classic features Allen as father who turns into a dog after being bit by a canine. The father of two learns a new way of understanding his wife (Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City”) and children from the four-legged vantage point.
The second remake (and the final new release) to debut on the box-office top 10 this week is the horror flick “The Hills Have Eyes,” which bowed at #3 with $15.5 million. The film — produced by original “Hills” director Wes Craven and directed by “High Tension” helmer Alexandre Aja — centers on a family road trip that goes awry when the group becomes stranded in an eerily quiet area inhabited by bloodthirsty mutants (see ” ’High Tension’ Director Remakes Craven Classic ’Hills Have Eyes’ — Only Freakier” ).
“16 Blocks,” which debuted at #2 last week, dropped two notches to #4. The film that stars Mos Def as an overly chatty witness and Bruce Willis as the cop who is given the seemingly simple task of transporting him to the courthouse, earned more than $7.3 million (see “Rewind: Drive South On Broadway, Take A Left On Sunset Boulevard” ).
After two weeks at #1, “Medea’s Family Reunion” slips four spots to #5. Tyler Perry’s latest film, chronicling the various crises Medea must deal with as she plans her family reunion, earned $5.8 million its third week in theaters (see ” Tyler Perry Still Fighting For Respect, Still Doing Fart Jokes” ).
“Eight Below,” the Disney flick that stars Paul Walker as a member of a scientific expedition that travels to Antarctica, dropped from #3 to #6 with more than $5.4 million (see “Paul Walker Says Coolest Thing About ’Eight Below’ Was The Dogs” ).
Rounding out this week’s top 10 are “Aquamarine,” which slips from #5 to #7 with more than $3.6 million; “Ultraviolet,” which tumbles from #4 to #8 with
$3.6 million; “The Pink Panther,” which drops from #6 to #9 with $3.6 million; and “Date Movie,” which slides from #8 to #10 with $2.5 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “She’s the Man” and “V for Vendetta” to debut on the box-office top 10.
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