Spike Lee's heist movie Inside Man took an estimated $29 million from the domestic boxoffice to become the No. 1 film in the marketplace, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the other new openers, Buena Vista Pictures' PG-13 horror movie Stay Alive intrigued the teen audience, which rewarded it with an estimated $11.2 million and a third-place showing, but Lionsgate Films' Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector had to settle for $7.1 million, which earned it a seventh-place finish.
Inside Man easily trumped the previous weekend's boxoffice winner, Warner Bros. Pictures' V for Vendetta, which witnessed a 51.9% decline and dropped to second place. Its weekend tally of an estimated $12.3 million brought its domestic total to date to $46.2 million.
Despite the international debut this weekend of the No. 1 U.S. title, Universal's Inside Man, starring Denzel Washington, MGM's remake The Pink Panther managed to retain first place overseas with an estimated boxoffice gross of $10.6 million at 4,186 screens in 53 markets. Nonetheless, Inside Man, garnered an estimated $9.6 million at 1,400 screens in 18 territories. In its weekend global opening, the film pulled boxoffice of nearly $40 million.