Star power may have proved more influential than superpower, or perhaps exes were just more appealing than X-Men this weekend. Whatever their motivation, moviegoers put the Jennifer Aniston-led "The Break-Up" in the top spot at the box office, taking #1 from last week's big winner, "X-Men: The Last Stand."
The romantic comedy debuted at #1 with more than $38 million, according to early estimates, ousting the comic-book-inspired action flick from its seat. "The Break-Up" stars Aniston and Vince Vaughn as a couple that decides it's time to end their relationship but can't see eye to eye on who should move out of their shared apartment (see [article id="1533270"]"Aniston And Vaughn Fight For Laughs In The So-Familiar-It-Hurts 'Break-Up' ")[/article].
With "The Break-Up" taking over #1, last week's top earner -- and box-office record-breaker -- "X-Men: The Last Stand" dropped to #2 with ticket sales plummeting from the $120 million it earned over its opening three-day weekend to more than $34.3 million. In the third installment in the Marvel series, the X-Men are threatened by a cure for the mutant strain that sets them apart from the rest of mankind (see [article id="1532557"]"Nine Things You Need to Know Before Seeing 'X-Men' This Weekend"[/article]).
"Over the Hedge" held the #3 spot for the second week in a row, earning more than $20.6 million during its third weekend in theaters. The animated movie features the voices of Avril Lavigne, Bruce Willis and Steve Carell as a group of woodland creatures whose runaway imaginations lead them to wonder what's on the other side of a hedge that has been put up in the middle of the land they call home (see [article id="1532012"]"Look Out For Avril, Bruce Willis Digging In Your Trash"[/article]).
Dropping two notches this week is "The Da Vinci Code," which falls from #2 to #4 with $19.3 million. Tom Hanks stars in the film -- based on the Dan Brown bestseller of the same name -- as Robert Langdon, a symbologist called to the Louvre to investigate the mysterious death of a museum curator (see [article id="1531661"]"Ian McKellen Sticks Up For Evil In 'Da Vinci Code,' 'X-Men' "[/article]).
Another blockbuster continues its slide down the top 10 as "Mission: Impossible III" slips from #4 to #5, earning more than $4.6 million its fifth weekend in theaters. The Tom Cruise-led action film centers on super spy Ethan Hunt, who faces off against stiff bad-guy competition in the form of arms dealer Owen Davies, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (see [article id="1529660"]" 'Mission: Impossible III': Hunt Is On")[/article].
"Poseidon" also continued to sink a little further this week, dropping from #5 to #6. The film about a group of passengers who fight to save themselves from a quickly sinking cruise ship earned more than $3.4 million (see [article id="1531593"]" 'Poseidon' Actors -- Bruised, Battered And Soaked -- Say They Barely Survived")[/article].
Rounding out the box-office top 10 are "RV," which falls from #6 to #7 with
$3.3 million; "See No Evil," which drops from #7 to #8 with $2 million; "An Inconvenient Truth," which debuts at #9 with more than $1.3 million; and "Just My Luck," which slips from #8 to #10 with $825,000.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for "Cars," "A Prairie Home Companion," and "The Omen" to debut on the box-office top 10.
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