It was a slow Labor Day weekend at the box office, however, Invincible hung onto first place. It beat out newcomers Crank and The Wicker Man to regain the top spot with $15.2 million; that brings the two week total to $34.7 million. Invincible is the true story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, starring Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear.
Audiences did get Cranked for Jason Statham and Amy Smart; the Lionsgate action flick came in second and took in $13 million over the four-day weekend. That, despite finishing on top with Friday's $3.25 opening night, according to Box Office Mojo.
Also debuting this week, Warner's The Wicker Man, starring Nicolas Cage; the thriller/horror remake brought in $11.7 million this weekend. The film is the updated version of the 1973 cult classic; Neil LaBute wrote and directed this modern take.
Little Miss Sunshine is still making waves, coming in fourth this weekend. Only in half as many theaters as the top three, the Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear-starring film made $9.7 million over four days. That brings the six week total $35.8 million - not bad, considering directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton made the film for about $8 million.
The Illusionist found its way in fifth place with $8 million this weekend; opening wide this week, the magic period piece starring Ed Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel has made $12 million over its three week run. People are calling this film 'A movie with Academy Award potential;' that we'll just have to wait and see about.
Will Ferrell finally dropped out of the top three; his comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby fell to sixth place with $7.7 million. However, over the past five weeks of release, the film has brought in $138.4 million - a tremendous hit for Sony.
The big jump went to Paramount and Nickelodeon's animated family flick, Barnyard grabbing seventh place with $6.4 million; last week, it barely made the top 10. The film, starring the voices of Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Wanda Sykes, and Andie MacDowell, has made $63.6 million over its five week run.
Taking eighth place, Universal's comedy Accepted with $5.9 million. The flick that stars Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Lewis Black, and Blake Lively has brought in $29.4 million over three weeks, eclipsing its $23 million production budget.
Ninth place goes to World Trade Center, also starring Nicolas Cage; the film about the New York Port Authority workers on September 11th made $5.8 million over the weekend, bringing its total $63.7 million - just under the $65 million budget.
Finally, taking tenth place was Step Up; the film that keeps dancing into the top 10 took in $5.5 million over the weekend. That brings the four week total to $58.3 million; for a film that only cost $12 million to make, that's pretty good.
This week's releases are Hollywoodland, which focuses on the death of the original Superman, George Reeves. It stars Ben Affleck as Reeves, Adrien Brody as the lead private investigator, Diane Lane as Toni Mannix (who had an affair with Reeves); her husband was Eddie Mannix, who was the head of MGM Studios at the time - he's played by Bob Hoskins.
Also coming out, The Covenant starring Steven Strait, and directed by Renny Harlin. The film is a creepy look into a century's old magical cult.
Tony Jaa brings his martial arts style to the States in The Protector; a fast-moving, non-stop, action flick ready to kick your butt for the entire two hours.
With limited releases this week, we could see another repeat of Invincibleat the top spot of the box office - or if enough people know about The Covenant, look for the newbie to knock off the two-week champ.