Chris Rock's Quest For Oval Office Dominates Box Office

'Bringing Down the House' falls to #2 as 'The Core,' 'Basic' debut at #3, #4.

A Queen's reign was ended by a presidential candidate over the weekend, as Chris Rock's "Head of State" knocked Queen Latifah's "Bringing Down the House" from the top spot at the North American box office.

Rock's latest comedy debuted with $14 million, according to studio estimates (click for photos from "Head of State"), while "Bringing Down the House" was #2 with $12.5 million. Latifah's fish-out-of-water comedy, which co-stars Steve Martin, has made $100 million since its release four weeks ago.

The sci-fi adventure "The Core" debuted at #3 with $12.4 million, and the military drama "Basic," with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, bowed at #4 with $12.1 million. The Academy Award-winning musical "Chicago" came in at #5, adding another $7.4 million to bring its total to $144.8 million.

The rest of the weekend's top 10 includes: the Stephen King horror flick "Dreamcatcher" at #6 with $6.3 million, for a two-week $25.3 million total; "Agent Cody Banks" at #7 with $6.1 million ($34.8 million, three weeks); "Piglet's Big Movie" at #8 with $4.6 million ($12.4 million, two weeks); the flight attendant comedy "View From the Top" at #9 with $3.8 million ($12.5 million, two weeks); and "The Hunted" at #10 with $3.6 million ($29.2 million, three weeks).