'Silent Hill' Screams Drown Out 'Scary Movie' Laughs

Horror-movie spoof knocked out of #1 by the real thing.

After laughing at a "Scary Movie" spoof last week, audiences turned to a flick that would really make them scream as "Silent Hill" scores the top spot at this weekend's box office.

"Silent Hill," which centers on a mother (Radha Mitchell) searching for her daughter in an eerie, decaying town, bowed at #1 on the box-office top 10 with $20.2 million, according to early estimates. In the film, Mitchell's character takes her ailing daughter to find a healer in a mysterious area. Once they arrive, the daughter disappears and the mother must search for her in a town overcome by a dark force -- and inhabited by a small group of humans fighting for survival (see [article id="1528769"]"No Green Screen Here -- 'Silent Hill' Baddies Report To Set"[/article]).

Focusing on the lighter side of horror, "Scary Movie 4" slipped out of the #1 spot where it debuted last week, sliding into the #2 position. The film, which stars Anna Faris, Leslie Nielsen and Molly Shannon and spoofs blockbusters including "The Village," "Saw" and "War of the Worlds" (see [article id="1528422"]"Shameless 'Scary Movie 4' Has Foam Butts, Alien iPods"[/article]), earned more than $17 million.

"The Sentinel" was the only other new release to crack the top half of the box-office top 10 this week. Michael Douglas stars in the film as Pete Garrison, a well-respected Secret Service agent blackmailed for having an affair with the first lady, and accused of attempting to assassinate the president (see [article id="1529005"]"Who Wants To Kill The President? Star-Studded 'Sentinel' Cast Won't Tell "[/article]). The film, which also stars Kiefer Sutherland and Eva Longoria, bowed at #3 with more than $14.6 million.

"Ice Age: The Meltdown" began to thaw this week, sliding two spots from #2 to #4 with $12.8 million. Don't feel too bad for the animated family film, though -- it has earned more than $167.8 million in the four weeks since it debuted in theaters.

Kiefer Sutherland makes two appearances on the box-office top 10 this week, this time as an animated lion in "The Wild," which fell from #4 to #5, earning more than $8 million. In the family-friendly animated adventure, a group of animals escape from a New York zoo in search of a young lion cub mistakenly sent into the wild.

"The Benchwarmers" tumbled from #3 to #6 under the weight of new releases. The comedy, starring Jon Heder, David Spade and Rob Schneider as a group of friends hired by a billionaire to put together a top-notch little league team (see [article id="1526625"]"Arrested Development? Heder, Lovitz, Schneider And Spade Get Worked Up About Their Toys"[/article]), earned $7.3 million.

Rounding out the box-office top 10 are "Take the Lead," which slipped from #5 to #7 with more than $4.2 million; "American Dreamz," which bowed at #8 with more than $3.6 million; "Inside Man," which fell from #6 to #9 with more than $3.6 million; and "Friends with Money," which debuted on the box-office top 10 at #10 after two weeks in limited release, with more than $3.5 million.

Overall, ticket sales were up from the corresponding weekend last year.

Next week, look for "Stick It," "United 93," "R.V." and "Akeelah and the Bee" to debut on the box-office top 10.

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