The honeymoon ended for Will Smith this week as his romantic comedy was knocked out of the #1 slot on the box-office top 10 by the fury of a woman scorned.
"Diary of a Mad Black Woman," the film about a woman whose perfect life crumbles when her husband of 18 years announces he wants a divorce, debuted at #1. The dramatic comedy, adapted from the play of the same name, follows Helen (Kimberly Elise) as she picks up the pieces of her shattered life, and co-stars the film's writer, Tyler Perry, as Helen's gun-toting grandmother figure.
Despite being screened in fewer theaters than any other film on the top 10, the flick took in $22.7 million, according to early estimates.
Will Smith's "Hitch," in which the actor stars as a date doctor who helps romantically inept clients get the women of their dreams, slipped to the #2 position with $21 million this week. Despite sliding a notch, "Hitch" has something to celebrate this week: After just three weeks in theaters, it became the first film of 2005 to break the $100 million mark, with more than $122 million in total earnings, according to The Associated Press.
After coming up from hell to debut at #2 last week, "Constantine" slid to #3. The thriller flick about supernatural detective John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who joins forces with a policewoman to investigate the death of her twin sister, took in more than $11.8 million.
The only other new releases to debut on the box-office top 10 this week landed in the #4 and #5 spots. The horror/thriller "Cursed," which debuted at #4, centers on Los Angeles residents who, after being attacked by a werewolf, find out they must kill the beast if they want to survive and defeat its curse. "Cursed" took in more than $9.5 million in its opening week, which is just over half a million dollars more than the #5 film, "Man of the House."
The comedy stars Tommy Lee Jones as a Texas Ranger who is forced to go undercover, posing as an assistant cheerleading coach to protect a group of University of Texas cheerleaders who witnessed a murder. "Man of the House," which also stars Cedric the Entertainer and Christina Milian, took in $9 million.
The film that won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture on Sunday night, "Million Dollar Baby," fell one spot this week from #5 to #6. The flick, which centers around a female boxer and her reluctant coach, also took home Oscars in categories including Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman), Best Actress (Hilary Swank) and Best Director (Clint Eastwood), and pulled in more than $7.2 million.
Rounding out the top 10 this week are "Because of Winn-Dixie," which dropped from #3 to #7 with more than $6.7 million; "Are We There Yet?," which slid from #6 to #8 with $4 million; "The Aviator," which fell from #8 to #9 with more than $3.8 million; and "Son of the Mask," which tumbled from #4 to #10 with more than $3.7 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "The Pacifier," "Be Cool" and "The Jacket" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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