The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "Knowing" ($24.8 million)
#2 "I Love You, Man" ($18 million)
#3 "Duplicity" ($14.4 million)
#4 "Race to Witch Mountain" ($13 million)
#5 "Watchmen" ($6.7 million)
The box office isn't experiencing any March madness this year. Despite a variety of offerings and some A-list names, the top five came in with a whimper, not a bang. Business was down 6 percent, and attendance was the lowest it's been in eight years.
Despite the lighter fare on offer, moviegoers chose to lose themselves in plane crashes and natural disasters. Nicolas Cage's thriller [article id="1607400"]"Knowing"[/article] took the top spot with $24.8 million, an event actually predicted within the movie itself.
But some preferred to indulge in a little bromance as the Paul Rudd/ Jason Segel comedy [article id="1607396"]"I Love You, Man"[/article] manfully hugged its way to the #2 spot with $18 million. Despite its guy-meets-guy theme, exit polling indicated that the audience was split evenly between men and women, proving that "bromance" crosses all gender lines.
It was plain old guy-girl romance that took a more modest place on the chart, as [article id="1607419"]"Duplicity"[/article] opened at #3 with a modest $14.4 million. Middling reviews dogged the Julia Roberts/ Clive Owen caper, but the pairing did attract a female audience of about 68 percent, and Universal has hopes that it will hang in for the long haul.
"Race to Witch Mountain" dropped all the way to #4, bringing in a mere $13 million for a total of $44.7 million. Still, it fared better in its second week than [article id="1606939"]"The Last House on the Left,"[/article] which fell to #6 with only $5.9 million, for a total of $24 million.
It's Warner Bros.' [article id="1606439"]"Watchmen"[/article] that really continued to flag at the box office. It fell 62 percent, landing at #5 with only $6.7 million. In three weeks it has brought in only $98.1 million. It will likely top $100 million, but it hasn't had the staying power expected from repeat viewings, and is one of the lowest-earning comic book adaptations to date.
DreamWorks' "Monsters vs. Aliens" gets a 3-D release, while Lionsgate's supernatural thriller "The Haunting in Connecticut" and Fox's cop thriller "12 Rounds" get the 2-D treatment.
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