Faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap the box-office top 10 in a single bound, Superman easily took over the #1 spot over the long July 4 weekend.
“Superman Returns” pulled in more than $74 million Friday through Tuesday, and more than $106 million its first seven days in theaters, according to early estimates. The Superman franchise’s first film in 19 years stars Brandon Routh as the back-on-the-scene Man of Steel, with Kate Bosworth as love interest Lois Lane and Kevin Spacey as nemesis Lex Luthor (see ” ‘Superman Returns’ Stars Put Their Own Spin On Iconic Comic Book Roles” ).
Coming in second with a little more than half the five-day profits of “Superman” is “The Devil Wears Prada,” the only other new release to impact the box-office top 10 this week. Based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger — former assistant to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour — the film stars Meryl Streep as a ruthless magazine editor and Anne Hathaway as her freshly hired assistant (see ” ‘Devil’ Designer Patricia Field Drapes Hathaway And Streep In Prada, Aims To Empower” ). The comedy earned more than $39.5 million Friday through Tuesday.
Last week’s box-office champ, “Click,” earned $29 million over the long weekend and dropped to #3 under the weight of two new blockbusters. Adam Sandler stars in the comedy as an overworked father who gets his hands on a magical remote control that allows him to pause, fast-forward and rewind the real world. As he uses — and abuses — the remote, Sandler’s character begins to realize how precious his time really is (see “Actually, Sandler, Beckinsale Don’t ‘Click’ With High-Tech Gadgets At All” ).
The animated feature “Cars” also dropped two spots, slipping from #2 to #4 this week. The family film about a race car (voiced by Owen Wilson) who finds himself sidelined in a sleepy town earned more than $22 million.
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“Nacho Libre” was also conquered by the power of “Superman” and “The Devil,” shifting Jack Black’s latest comedy from #3 to #5. In the film, which earned more than $9.5 million over the long weekend, Black stars as a monastery cook who enters the world of Lucha Libre wrestling to earn money to provide better food for the children in an orphanage (see “Tights, Camera, Action: Jack Fights For Good In ‘Nacho Libre’ “ ).
“The Lake House,” the drama that stars Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock as owners of the same waterfront home who begin a correspondence with one another only to discover they are living two years apart, hung on to #6 with more than $6.6 million.
Rounding out this week’s box-office top 10 are “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” which fell from #4 to #7 with more than $6.2 million; “Waist Deep,” which dropped from #5 to #8 with more than $4.6 million; “The Break-Up,” which slipped from #7 to #9 with more than $4.5 million; and “The Da Vinci Code,” which held at #10 with $3.7 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” to debut on the box-office top 10. The Ludacris-narrated documentary “The Heart of the Game” and the animated Keanu Reeves flick “A Scanner Darkly” also open Friday.
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