Kurt Russell and Lindsay Lohan went up against Tom Cruise this weekend, but their mission to take the #1 box-office spot away from the blockbuster star proved an impossible task.
For the second week in a row, "Mission: Impossible III" held to the top position at the box office, earning more than $24.5 million, according to early estimates. The third installment in the "M:I" series, which finds Cruise's Ethan Hunt — who has attempted to retire from duty — brought back into action to go up against international weapons dealer Owen Davian (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) (see " 'Mission: Impossible III': Hunt Is On"), brings its U.S. box-office total to more than $84.6 million.
One of just two new releases to crack the box-office top 10 this week, "Poseidon" bowed at #2 with more than $20.3 million. In the action film, a cruise ship is taken down by a massive wave and a few survivors are pitted in a battle against the water that is quickly filling up the ship. Russell, Josh Lucas and Richard Dreyfuss all star in the updated disaster film, which also features Black Eyed Peas' Fergie (see " 'Poseidon' Actors — Bruised, Battered And Soaked — Say They Barely Survived").
"RV," starring Robin Williams as a father who takes his kids on a road trip to promote family togetherness, dropped a notch from #2 to #3 this week. The family comedy, which also stars JoJo as Williams' daughter (see "Robin Williams To 'RV' Co-Star JoJo: 'You The Man!' "), earned another $9.5 million this weekend.
The only other film to debut on the box-office top 10, Lindsay Lohan's "Just My Luck," debuted at #4 with $5.5 million. Lohan stars in the comedy as Ashley, a recent college grad who seems to lead a charmed life — until her fortune is swapped with an unlucky stranger whom she kisses at a costume party. Ashley spends the rest of the film trying to find a way to get her good luck back (see "Lucky Lindsay Spending Fortune On Scratch Tickets, Late-Night Shopping Sprees").
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"An American Haunting," last week's #3 film, dropped two notches to #5 this week under the weight of the two new releases. The thriller, which draws on events that took place in 19th century Tennessee, earned more than $3.6 million (see " 'American Haunting' Isn't Scared Of A Little Tom Cruise Movie").
"United 93," based on the September 11, 2001 flight in which passengers rebelled against terrorists (see " 'United 93' Director Goes For Realism, Vows Not To Mythologize "), slipped from #5 to #6 this week with more than $3.5 million.
Rounding out this week's box office top 10 are "Stick It," which fell from #4 to #7 with more than $3.2 million; "Ice Age: The Meltdown," which dropped from #6 to #8 with more than $2.9 million; "Silent Hill," which slipped from #7 to #9 with $2.2 million; and "Hoot," which held at #10 with more than $2.1 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year, marking the first drop in seven weeks.
Next week, look for "The Da Vinci Code" and "Over the Hedge" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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