The Box-Office Top Five
#1 “21” ($15.1 million)
#2 “Leatherheads” ($13.5 million)
#3 “Nim’s Island” ($13.3 million)
#4 “Horton Hears a Who!” ($9.1 million)
#5 “The Ruins” ($7.8 million)
Last week, they brought down the house with a bigger-than-expected win at the domestic box office. Now the blackjack-playing hustlers at the center of “21” have doubled down, claiming another first-place finish and an additional $15.1 million. The Robert Luketic flick, which follows a group of MIT students who use a complicated numerical system to beat the casinos, has scored $46.5 million in just two weeks. If only my last Vegas trip could have gone even a fraction as well (and also starred Kate Bosworth).
George Clooney, meanwhile, took his football comedy right up to the goal line but couldn’t score, as “Leatherheads” disappointed with a second-place finish, well below expectations. Half screwball comedy, half sports film, the movie put up just $13.5 million in its debut weekend, a low number for the man billed as the world’s most charming movie star. Maybe he can blame it on the refs. It took a considerable amount of restraint not to say Clooney “fumbled” the ball (yet, there it is).
In close third place, the fantasy adventure “Nim’s Island,” starring Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard “This is Sparta!” Butler scored $13.3 million. In fourth, “Horton Hears a Who!” continued its impressive run with an additional $9.1 million, bringing its four-week haul to 131 million big ones. Somewhere, Jim Carrey is already wetting his lips for an adaptation of “The Lorax.”
Rounding out the top five, “The Ruins” was good for $7.8 million.
Among other new releases, Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary, “Shine a Light,” tanked, pulling in just $1.5 million from 276 theaters. A similar failure hit the recent U2 concert film. Sure, it may be great to be rock legends, but Mick, Bono — you guys ain’t no Miley Cyrus.
Keanu Reeves and Chris Evans take on police corruption in “Street Kings,” while Ellen Page takes on the sophomore slump in her “Juno” follow-up, “Smart People.” Also opening, the horror film “Prom Night.” The horror indeed!
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