‘The Covenant’ And TV’s Superman Knock ‘Invincible’ From The Top

Supernatural thriller takes #1; 'Hollywoodland' opens at #2.

A group of teens with supernatural powers and TV’s first Superman pushed “Invincible” out of the box-office top spot after two weeks at #1.

Thriller flick “The Covenant” bowed at #1 on the box-office top 10, earning $9 million, according to early estimates. With a cast comprised largely of lesser-known actors, the suspenseful film centers on the Sons of Ipswich, four young men sworn to remain silent about their supernatural powers. While studying at an elite academy, their adherence to the code is challenged following the death of another student.

“Hollywoodland,” which debuted at #2 with more than $6 million, tells the story of TV’s original Superman, George Reeves, who died in 1959 from a gunshot wound. The film stars Ben Affleck as Reeves and Adrien Brody as the detective hired by Reeves’ mother to investigate the mysterious death that police declared a suicide (see ” ‘Hollywoodland’ Looks At Famous Life, Infamous Death Of First Superman” ).

After two weeks at #1, “Invincible” fell to #3 under the weight of the two new releases. Starring Mark Wahlberg as an amateur who shows up for open Philadelphia Eagles tryouts and makes the NFL team (see “Mark Wahlberg Can Make Hits, But Can He Take Them? Actor Tries To Be ‘Invincible’ “ ), the film earned more than $5.7 million its third week in theaters.

“The Protector” is the third and final new release to make the weekend’s top 10, bowing at #4 with more than $5 million. The action flick centers on a martial arts master (Tony Jaa) who travels to Australia to take on a gang that stole two of his elephants and smuggled them in to Sydney.

With three new releases hitting theaters, Jason Statham’s “Crank” fell three spots from #2 to #5. Following a hit man who finds out he has been poisoned and only has an hour to live (see ” ‘Crank’ Co-Star Calls Flick ‘Two Hours Of Pure Adrenaline Rush’ “ ), the fast-paced thriller earned $4.8 million.

































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“The Illusionist,” starring Edward Norton as a magician in Vienna who rekindles a romance with an old flame (Jessica Biel) — who is now engaged to marry the sinister Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) (see “Edward Norton’s Magic, Jessica Biel’s Beauty — ‘The Illusionist’ Has A Few Tricks Up Its Sleeve “ ), fell from #5 to #6 with more than $4.6 million in weekend earnings.

Rounding out this week’s box-office top 10 are “Little Miss Sunshine,” which falls from #4 to #7 with more than $4.4 million; “The Wicker Man,” which tumbles from #3 to #8 with more than $4.1 million; “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” which slips from #6 to #9 with $3 million; and “Barnyard: The Original Party Animals,” which drops from #7 to #10 with more than $2.5 million.

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

Next week, look for “The Black Dahlia,” “Gridiron Gang,” “The Last Kiss” and “Everyone’s Hero” to debut on the box-office top 10.

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