Despite the best efforts of an adrenaline-fueled hit man and the dangerous members of an island-dwelling cult, Mark Wahlberg and his football-playing co-stars remained “Invincible” at the box office this weekend.
For the second week in a row, inspiring football flick “Invincible” remained the #1 movie on the box-office top 10, earning more than $15.2 million over Labor Day weekend. Starring Wahlberg as a substitute teacher who makes the Philadelphia Eagles roster after open tryouts (see “Mark Wahlberg Can Make Hits, But Can He Take Them? Actor Tries To Be ’Invincible’ “ ), the film bested new releases “Crank” and “The Wicker Man” to remain the top movie in the country.
Bowing at #2 with $13 million is “Crank,” an action film starring Jason Statham as hit man Chris Chelios — who is poisoned on the eve of his retirement and finds he has one hour to live. The ride begins when Chelios learns that if he keeps his adrenaline pumping, his body can fight off the poison long enough for him to save his girlfriend (Amy Smart) from danger (see ” ’Crank’ Co-Star Calls Flick ’Two Hours Of Pure Adrenaline Rush’ “ ).
Also keeping audiences on the edge of their seats this weekend was “The Wicker Man,” which debuted at #3 with more than $11.7 million. The remake of the 1973 fright flick of the same name stars Nicolas Cage as a police officer who ventures to the secluded island of Summerisle to help find a missing child — and in the process begins to unravel the island inhabitants’ eerie traditions (see “Nicolas Cage Likens ’Wicker Man’ Remake To A Great Cover Song” ).
Bringing a bit of lightheartedness into the top 10 is “Little Miss Sunshine,” which slips from #3 to #4 with $9.7 million. The Sundance hit comedy follows a quirky extended family (featuring Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette) on a road trip from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Redondo Beach, California, to enroll a 7-year-old wannabe beauty queen (Abigail Breslin) in a pageant.
“The Illusionist,” newly expanded to wide release, makes its mark on the top 10 at #5 after earning more than $8 million over the long weekend. The film stars Edward Norton as a magician in 19th century Vienna who rekindles an old romance with a stage assistant (Jessica Biel) now engaged to sinister Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) (see “Edward Norton’s Magic, Jessica Biel’s Beauty — ’The Illusionist’ Has A Few Tricks Up Its Sleeve “ ).
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During its fifth weekend in theaters, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” lost its hold on the box-office top two for the first time. The comedy starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen as champion race-car drivers slips from #2 to #6 with $7.7 million (see “Ferrell’s Shameless Nudity Overshadowed By Countless Plugs In ’Talladega’ “ ).
Rounding out this week’s box-office top 10 are “Barnyard: The Original Party Animals,” which climbs from #10 to #7 with more than $6.4 million; “Accepted,” which falls from #6 to #8 with more than $5.9 million; “World Trade Center,” which dips from #5 to #9 with more than $5.8 million; and “Step Up,” which slips from #8 to #10 with more than $5.4 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “Hollywoodland” and “The Covenant” to debut on the box-office top 10. Also opening is “I Trust You to Kill Me,” the documentary that follows Kiefer Sutherland on the road with the rock band Rocco DeLuca & The Burden, and “Brooklyn Rules,” starring Alec Baldwin and Freddie Prinze Jr.
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