The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "The Forbidden Kingdom" ($20.9 million)
#2 "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" ($17.3 million)
#3 "Prom Night" ($9.1 million)
#4 "88 Minutes" ($6.8 million)
#5 "Nim's Island" ($5.6 million)
BAM! POW! SMASH! They've been the world's most-popular martial artists for a quarter of a century, and now Jackie Chan and Jet Li can add another feather to their caps, as their first collaboration, "The Forbidden Kingdom," earned $20.9 million to debut at #1.
Meanwhile, Judd Apatow got a swift kick to the groin, as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" got shafted for the top spot, finishing second with $17.3 million. The balls-to-the-wall story of a schlub (Jason Segel) whose girlfriend shacks up with a cocky rock star reenergizes the Apatow brand after "Drillbit Taylor" and "Walk Hard" failed both critically and commercially. But, sadly, full-frontal nudity doesn't automatically signify box-office gold.
In third place, "Prom Night" continued to haunt the nightmares of high school juniors everywhere, dropping 56 percent to end up with a very respectable $9.1 million in week two. The Brittany Snow starrer brought its overall total to $32.5 million.
According to review aggregate sites like RottenTomatoes.com and Metacritic.com, "88 Minutes" isn't just one of the worst-reviewed movies of Al Pacino's career; it's one of the worst-reviewed movies of all time. But the Jon Avnet-directed flick outperformed predictions to come in fourth place with $6.8 million.
Rounding out the top five, "Nim's Island" starring Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler scored $5.6 million.
Among other new releases, intelligent-design-supporting, Ben Stein-starring documentary "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" created $3.1 million out of thin air for a ninth-place finish. And the terrorist-hunting, Morgan Spurlock-starring documentary "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" tanked, earning just $143,000 in 102 theaters. If there is a God, may He have mercy on our movie-going souls.
Grab your White Castle burgers: Neil Patrick Harris, yes, the Neil Patrick Harris — who now says Britney Spears' reported return to "How I Met Your Mother" "should be fun" — is back and better than ever in "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay," an outrageous sequel to the classic 2004 original. This time, our stoner heroes have to navigate America's War on Terror. Is that a world you'd want to bring a kid into? Tina Fey does. The "SNL" alum is a career woman in search of a child in "Baby Mama," co-starring Amy Poehler.
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