The Box Office Top Five
#1 “The Game Plan” ($16.3 million)
#2 “The Heartbreak Kid” ($14 million)
#3 “The Kingdom” ($9.3 million)
#4 “Resident Evil: Extinction” ($4.3 million)
#5 “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” ($3.7 million)
Five weeks into the NFL season and only four unbeaten teams remain, their quarterbacks one-name heroes who stand like giants on the field of play: Brady, Manning, Romo … and the Rock. For the second consecutive week, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shook off all would-be tacklers and led “The Game Plan” into a surprise upset at the domestic box office, where it stood at #1 with a healthy $16.3 million (a very respectable 30 percent drop from last weekend). The story of an NFL QB who learns he has a daughter, “The Game Plan” boasts a better combination than Brady and Moss or Rivers and L.T. — a burly action star and a little girl from the Disney Channel. Daniel Craig take note: We’re putting Hannah Montana in “Bond 22.”
But while a brand-new team took the country by storm, it was a disappointing outing for an old trio of can’t-miss kids, Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers, who experienced “Heartbreak” at the box office. (By the way, it was either that pun or “They’re Nothing Without Mary” — count your blessings.) Back together nearly a decade after they shocked the world alongside Cameron Diaz (to the tune of $176 million), the Farrellys’ “The Heartbreak Kid” was good for only second place and a very disappointing $14 million.
Unfortunately, disappointment has become par for the course for the Farrellys of late. The dynamic duo hasn’t had a really boffo showing at theaters since “Shallow Hal” in 2001 (and hasn’t had a movie make $100 million since the aforementioned “Mary.”)
“Heartbreak” might have been the highest-profile disappointment this past weekend, but it was hardly were hardly the worst. Like a total eclipse of the suck, the fantasy adventure “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” was good for only $3.7 million and a fifth place finish. A magical battle between good and evil, “The Dark Is Rising” would have seemed a ripe choice to adapt for the big screen, but, no joke, it made roughly 1/260 of the amount of money “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has collected worldwide since it debuted in July.
Among other new releases, the Jennifer Lopez-produced “Feel the Noise” came in seventh place with $3.4 million. But the surprising story, once again, was a powerful Oscar contender that excelled in limited release — this time it was “Michael Clayton” starring George Clooney. Directed by “The Bourne Identity” writer Tony Gilroy, “Clayton” made $704,000 from 15 theaters, for a $46,933 average.
How’d We Do?
Our last-ever Projection Booth ended appropriately enough, we think, with no winners, as each of our prognosticators chose “The Heartbreak Kid” in a landslide. Never underestimate the Rock, and never underestimate our own Josh Horowitz. Last year’s winner, Josh once again takes the crown in our abbreviated second season. Our final standings for the year:
Prognosticator (Weeks Won)
Josh Horowitz, MTV Movies editor (4)
Larry Carroll, MTV News writer (3)
Celebrity guest (1)
Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast as feuding brothers in “We Own the Night”; Cate Blanchett feuds with her cousin (Mary Queen of Scots) in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”; Jude Law and Michael Caine feud as playboy and cuckolded husband in “Sleuth”; and Ryan Gosling feuds with reality in “Lars and the Real Girl.”
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