If singer Omarion was worried about life after boy bands following his recent split from B2K, this weekend's box-office tally should ease his mind. The $8 million urban dance drama "You Got Served," which co-stars Omarion and his former bandmates, was the surprise winner in the box-office race with grosses of $16 million, according to studio estimates, nearly doubling its expected opening numbers. (Click for photos from "You Got Served.")
"Served" fans didn't seem too preoccupied with Super Bowl party plans to check out the flick about rival Los Angeles street-dance crews, but the rest of the top 10 saw a significant drop from last week's numbers.
Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller maintained their grip on the #2 spot with "Along Came Polly," which took in an estimated $10.1 million in its third week for a to-date total of $66.7 million. Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher's time-travel drama, "The Butterfly Effect," slipped two spots to #3 on grosses of $10 million.
The week's two new releases both limped onto the charts. SAT caper "The Perfect Score," starring Scarlett Johansson ("Lost in Translation"), landed at #5 with a $5 million take (Click for photos from "The Perfect Score"), while "The Big Bounce," starring Owen Wilson, finished outside the top 10 at #12 on an estimated $3.3 million.
Although the Golden Globe winners and Oscar nominations were announced last week, few of the recognized films saw a major box-office bounce.
Oscar favorite "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" scored 11 nominations, which helped it climb one spot to #4 on grosses of $5.3 million. With an accumulated domestic total of $345 million, the final installment of Peter Jackson's fantasy series has become the trilogy's highest-grossing episode, as well as the highest-grossing movie released in 2003, surpassing "Finding Nemo" ($339.7 million).
The Nicole Kidman/ Jude Law Civil War drama "Cold Mountain" was shut out of the major Globes categories yet picked up seven Academy Award nominations as it held steady at #7 with $4.5 million, tying with "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!"
"Mystic River," nominated for six Academy Awards and winner of a Best Actor Golden Globe for Sean Penn, moved up a spot to #9 on grosses of $4.4 million, a 31 percent jump from last week. Moving into an additional 338 theaters, the well-reviewed Charlize Theron serial-killer drama, "Monster," climbed to its highest position yet at #11 on grosses of $3.5 million.
Rounding out the top 10 are "Big Fish" at #6 with $4.6 million and "Cheaper by the Dozen" at #10 with $4.1 million.
During a typically slow period, the top 12 movies grossed $75 million, a six percent slip from last year's Super Bowl weekend.