"21," based on Ben Mezrich's best-selling nonfiction book "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions," revolves around a group of young men who become experts in the art of card counting.

Box Office Beat Down: ‘21’ Goes for Broke with $15 Million

In a surprising turn of events, 21 continued to hit strong with $15.1 million in its second weekend. That makes it the number one film in the country, besting two new comers that struggled to take second place. George Clooney's Leatherheads won the number two spot by an inch, bringing in an estimated $13.4 million dollars. Kiddy flick Nim's Island was nipping at its cleats, though. The Jodie Foster vehicle almost tied, but wound up in the third place spot with just $13.3 million.

Will 21 be able to hold onto the top spot for a third straight week in a row? It's hard to tell. It will be in direct competition with Keanu Reeves in Street Kings, the PG-13 rated horror film Prom Night, and the excellent surf documentary Bra Boys.

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Box Office Beat Down: ‘21’ Beats the House with $23 Million

21 rolled into town this weekend looking like a true winner with a box office take of $23 million. This was enough to insure the film the top position on this week's box office chart. Audience favorite Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who had a very low drop in its numbers, managing to stay near the top at number two with a third weekend take of $17.4 million. This brings the animated feature's cumulative gross to $117 million. It is officially a blockbuster.

A couple of independent films toppled into the box office this weekend as well. The Simon Pegg-David Schwimmer team up Run, Fat Boy, Run hit at thirteenth place with $2.3 million playing on a healthy 1,133 screens. Demi Moore's latest drama Flawless opened on just 35 screens, pulling in an estimate $180,000. Priceless grabbed a fare take of $117,000 playing out on just 24 screens. While the film My Brother is an Only Child pulled in the highest per screen average with an amazing $10,500 on just one screen.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: We Play ‘21’ with the Cast of Robert Luketic's Latest Drama!

21 opens this Friday, March 28th, 2008.

21 was released March 28th, 2008.

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Sam Golzari Counts to ‘21’

Sam Golzari has been added to the blackjack-themed thriller/drama, 21 for Columbia Pictures.

Variety adds the film stars Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth.

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