The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "Prom Night" ($22.7 million)
#2 "Street Kings" ($12 million)
#3 "21" ($11 million)
#4 "Nim's Island" ($9 million)
#5 "Leatherheads" ($6.2 million)
Forget Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers. For a whole legion of high school students nationwide, the thing most feared, apparently, is picking out a nice dress (low-cut and slutty, of course) and finding a boy that like-likes you. For legions of movie fans, it's horror retreads and PG-13 slashers.
The two fears dovetailed nicely this past weekend as "Prom Night" surprised prognosticators with a tally of $22.7 million, claiming the top spot at the box office in its debut weekend. The Brittany Snow starrer centers on a sadistic killer stalking a high school's big dance. It's the eighth-biggest opening for a horror remake in history.
"Street Kings," meanwhile, probably wants to destroy the evidence of its $12 million opening weekend and distant second-place finish. Perhaps next time they'll grab some real dirty cops instead of Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Chris Evans. After all, there is something to be said for "creative" bookkeeping.
Like a blackjack player riding a hot streak, "21" continued its impressive run with a third-place finish and another $11 million. Starring Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey and Jim Sturgess, the movie about a bunch of sophisticated card counters fell only 28 percent in its third weekend for an overall total of more than $62.3 million.
Rounding out the top five were Jodie Foster's "Nim's Island" with $9 million and George Clooney's "Leatherheads" with $6.2 million. Their overall totals stand at $25.3 and $21.9 million, respectively.
Among other new releases, "Smart People" starring "Juno" actress and recent Oscar nominee Ellen Page was good enough for $4.2 million and a seventh-place finish. In limited release, "The Visitor" earned $88,000 in four theaters.
It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to greet the man who'll write the next Muppet movie tonight — er, next weekend, when Jason Segel's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" makes its way to theaters. The comedy from the Judd Apatow stable also stars Kristen Bell. Counter-programming at its finest offers Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the martial arts extravaganza "The Forbidden Kingdom." Also opening is the long-delayed "88 Minutes" starring Al Pacino.
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