Weekend Box Office
1) Superbad $31 million
2) Rush Hour 3 $21 million
3) The Bourne Ultimatum $18 million
4) The Simpsons Movie $6.6 million
5) The Invasion $6 million
6) Stardust $5.2 million
7) Hairspray $4.2 million
8) Underdog $3.6 million
9) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $3.5 million
10) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry $3.5 million
The funniest comedy of the year has been given the props it deserves. Superbad topped the weekend box office charts with $31 million dollars. The story of two teen best friends heading off to different colleges has struck a chord with audiences and critics alike. It even beat its predecessor Knocked Up by a little more than one million dollars. This is good news for Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen, who seem to be riding a deserved wave of popularity at the moment. Their next two projects Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The Pineapple Express are already starting to generate Superbad-like buzz.
Coming in close behind to take the number two position was Rush Hour 3. In its second week of release, the latest in this Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker franchise pulled in $21 million dollars. That puts its total grosses at $88 million. It will hit the $100 million mark by next week, insuring that director Brett Ratner will stay stocked up on super models and back alley tranny hoes for sometime to come.
Another sequel, which has been getting some of the best critical praise of the whole summer, dropped into the number three spot. The Bourne Ultimatum took home another $18 million dollars, which puts its cumulative grosses at $163 million. People really seem to love this series, but Matt Damon is pretty adamant about not staring in another one. Oh, well. There will be another action adventure franchise just around the corner to fall in love with. There always is.
The weekend's second biggest new release was the Nicole Kidman fiasco The Invasion. After having numerous directors mess with it, the results were less than stupendous. The film, a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, only took in a limp $6 million. Still, this managed to put it in the number five spot on the weekend charts.
The other new releases that dropped this weekend didn't fare much better. A sign that illegal downloading really can hurt a movie is The Last Legion. It's been available on the Internet for more than a month now. It only took in $2.5 million, setting it at the number 12 position. Frank Oz' farce Death at a Funeral only managed to rake in $1.3 million. It only played on 260 screens, so all things considered, it could have opened a lot worse. Leo DiCaprio's gone green environmental documentary The 11th Hour, which only opened on four screens, scrapped up $56,000. Still, more people went to see it than The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which opened on 5 screens and took in only $50,300.
Next week, Seth and Evan face absolutely no competition at the box office. It looks like all of the summer movies have played out. We'll get the long lingering The Nanny Diaries, Jet Li and Jason Statham in War, and Mr. Bean's Holiday, which cleaned up Internationally making it one of the biggest releases of the year. Only time will tell how domestic audiences take to Rowan Atkinson's very English caricature.