Spoofing a slew of box-office winners helped "Scary Movie 4" earn its ranking as the #1 film this weekend. The comedy's all-star cast, including Carmen Electra, Anna Faris, Molly Shannon and Anthony Anderson, jolted "Ice Age: The Meltdown," out of the #1 position, which the family-friendly film held for the previous two weeks.
"Scary Movie 4," which parodies films such as "Saw," "The Village," "Brokeback Mountain" and a lengthy list of others, brought in more than $41 million in its opening weekend, according to early estimates (see "Shameless 'Scary Movie 4' Has Foam Butts, Alien iPods"). That number was enough to earn the film the best-ever Easter weekend debut, besting "Panic Room" 's $30.1 million 2002 opening, according to The Associated Press.
The animated film "Ice Age: The Meltdown," which claimed the #1 spot for two weeks in a row, dropped to #2. Featuring the voices of Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Seann William Scott and John Leguizamo, the movie earned another $20 million, bringing its three-week total to $147 million.
"The Benchwarmers" was similarly knocked down a notch, slipping from #2 — where the movie debuted last week — to #3. The comedy, which stars Jon Heder, Rob Schneider and David Spade as three nerdy guys recruited to form a Little League team that can stand a chance against the champions, earned $10 million (see "Arrested Development? Heder, Lovitz, Schneider And Spade Get Worked Up About Their Toys").
"The Wild," the week's only other new release to crack the top 10, debuted at #4 with more than $9.5 million. Kiefer Sutherland, Janeane Garafolo and Eddie Izzard voice characters in the computer-animated Disney flick in which a group of animals from a New York zoo have a wild adventure in the city when they go after a friend mistakenly shipped into the wild.
The high-school-set dance film "Take the Lead" led a pack of films that slipped two notches at the box office. The movie, which stars Antonio Banderas as a dance instructor who takes on the task of teaching a group of inner-city kids to find their own rhythm, fell from #3 to #5 with $6.7 million (see "Dancing With The Hesitant Stars Of 'Take The Lead' ").
After four weeks in the box-office top 10, "Inside Man" dropped to the bottom half. The crime thriller, directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington and Clive Owen, fell from #4 to #6 with more than $6.2 million.
Rounding out this week's box-office top 10 are "Lucky Number Slevin," which fell from #5 to #7 with $4.6 million; "Thank You For Smoking," which rose from #10 to #8 with more than $4.4 million after expanding its limited release; "Failure to Launch," which tumbled from #6 to #9 with more than $2.5 million; and "V For Vendetta," which dropped from #8 to #10 with more than $2.1 million.
Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "Silent Hill," "The Sentinel" and "American Dreamz" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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