Even Beyoncé couldn’t fight the movie audience's temptation to go see some blood and guts over the weekend. The Destiny’s Child singer’s newest flick, "The Fighting Temptations," debuted solidly at #2 with $13.2 million, but the vampire vs. werewolves film "Underworld" slayed the competition.
The Kate Beckinsale/Scott Speedman-topped thriller beat out the other five major-release films with a $22 million haul, according to studio estimates, making back its production budget in the first weekend. (Click for photos from "Underworld.")
The news was not so good for Woody Allen, whose latest comedy, "Anything Else," had a prophetic title, as audiences flocked to just about everything else but the Jason Biggs/Christina Ricci romantic comedy, which pulled in only $1.7 million in its first weekend, landing at #13. (Click for photos from "Anything Else.")
Though still in limited release, the second major film by Sofia Coppola, "Lost in Translation," had another strong weekend in less than 200 theaters (versus the nearly 3,000 screens for "Underworld") (Sophia Coppola Scores Movie, Music Coups With 'Translation'). The movie jumped five spots to #10 on grosses of $2.8 million, thanks to good reviews and buzz on Bill Murray’s strong performance. It is expected to expand to more than 400 theaters next weekend. The only other movie already in release to have an upswing in grosses was the teens-gone-wild drama "Thirteen," which grossed almost $500,000 on just 243 screens, bumping it up three spots to #21.
It wasn’t all werewolves and gospel raves in the top five, however, as "Underworld" and "The Fighting Temptations" (Click for photos from "The Fighting Temptations.") were followed by "Secondhand Lions" at #3, which took in $12.9 million. The film, which stars Michael Caine and Robert Duvall as the eccentric uncles of Haley Joel Osment, is further proof of Osment’s growing reputation as the teen to beat when it comes to opening movies.
Johnny Depp’s hot streak continued despite the fact that "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" fell off by more than 50 percent and dropped to #4, as it still managed to take in $11.5 million. Its 10-day total is now $41.4 million — not bad considering the movie only cost $29 million to make. Depp’s other summer smash, "Pirates of the Caribbean," also fell a few spots to #9, bringing in $3.4 million. The top five was rounded out by the new Sharon Stone/Dennis Quaid thriller "Cold Creek Manor," which brought in $8.3 million.
The rest of the top 10: "Matchstick Men" at #6 ($7.8 million), "Cabin Fever" at #7 ($3.9 million) and "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" at #8 ($3.8 million).
It was only in 13 theaters, but plenty of fans said hello again to their ‘lil friend as Al Pacino’s digitally remastered 1983 gangster epic "Scarface" grossed a little over $268,000 in a re-release to celebrate the release of a DVD remaster, which features additional material.
The weekend was a good one overall, with grosses up 29 percent from last weekend and more than 37 percent from the same weekend last year, according to industry estimates.