According to The Hollywood Reporter, During an overall soft weekend at the boxoffice in North America, Paramount's groundbreaking Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow got just enough air under its wings to achieve liftoff as it easily captured the top spot with a debut of an estimated $16.2 million. Nearly every scene in the sci-fi adventure, set in 1939 and starring Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, was created digitally -- a filmmaking first.
The opening, while a little better than tracking indicated, was nevertheless disappointing as the pioneering picture cost an estimated $70 million to make. Something else that's not seen every weekend: Two sports-set comedies opened in wide release, with one set in the world of baseball, skewing more male, and the other focused on tennis, appealing mostly to females. Buena Vista's baseball comedy Mr. 3000, starring Bernie Mac, got a base hit as it opened moderately in the second spot with an estimated $9.2 million. Universal's tennis-set Wimbledon, a romantic comedy starring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany, debuted with an estimated $7.8 million to take the fourth slot.