According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony's Hitch arrived in first place at the weekend boxoffice with a better-than-expected estimate of $45.3 million, according to Sunday's studio figures.
The romantic comedy starring Will Smith was expected to debut in the $30 million range. Playing in 3,575 locations, the PG-13-rated affair averaged $12, 671 per theater. The weekend's only other new wide release, Buena Vista's animated Pooh's Heffalump Movie opened at No. 5 with an estimated $6 million. In second place was the horror entry Boogeyman from Sony's Screen Gems unit with an estimated $10.8 million, down 43% from its first place finish a week ago. 20th Century Fox's Are We There Yet? held steady in third place with an estimated $8.5 million. Warner Bros.' Million Dollar Baby moved up one spot to fourth with an estimated $7.6 million.
Among limited release debuts, Magnolia's actioner Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior collected an estimated $1.3 million from 387 locations. Miramax's Bride and Prejudice debuted to an estimated $388,000 from 32 locations for a $12,125 average. Universal's NC-17-rated documentary Inside Deep Throat came away with an estimated $91,000 from 12 locations.
Final figures will be released Monday.