Weekend Box Office

1)Baby Mama $18.2 million

2)Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay $14.5 million

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3)Forbidden Kingdom $11.2 million

4)Forgetting Sarah Marshall $11 million

5)Nim's Island $4.5 million

6)Prom Night $4.4 million

7)21 $4 million

8)88 Minutes $3.6 million

9)Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who $2.4 million

10) Deception $2.2 million

The on-screen pairing of Tina Fey and her former longtime SNL Weekend Update anchor mate Amy Poehler dived into the top spot this weekend. That's right, the fertile comedy Baby Mama earned an estimated $18.2 million in its first week of release, making it the best seller of the week.

That didn't bode well for Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, which snuck into second place with a cool $14.5 million worth of ticket sales. Its failure to hit the top spot only goes to prove that potheads hate getting off the couch for just about anything. Look for this sequel to make massive bank when it hits the home video market later in the year.

Failing to make much noise at all was the Hugh Jackman/Ewan McGregor sex thriller Deception. The only other major new release this weekend, their throw back to the Michael Douglas films of the 90s proved that audiences weren't ready to return to that era. The film made a measly $2.2 million, tossing it into tenth place. Just barely.

A few films managed to earn some much needed cash on the Art House circuit. Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me took in $74,400 on nine screens. The Burt Reynolds poker drama Deal won a $31,000 pot playing on a massive fifty screens. And the Errol Morris documentary Standard Operating Procedure earned $14,900 playing on just two screens.

Tina Fey and Company have their work set out for them next week. There's no way they can hold onto the top spot with Iron Man finally making his much-awaited debut at the box office. Also opening are Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely and the Patrick Dempsey romantic comedy Made of Honor. We'll see you then.

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