Just like his character, Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell comes in first place over the weekend at the box office with his comedy, Talladega Nights. The Sony film, also starring John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, and Sacha Baron Cohen, took in $47 million triumphing the rest of the competition; the film has Will playing the best NASCAR driver in the sport, until he has a run-in with Sacha, an F1 driver trying to un-seed Will as the top racer.
Paramount and Nickelodeon made it into second place with their animated film, Barnyard. The flick has star power in voice talent with Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, and Andie MacDowell. Barnyard finished a distant second with $16 million; they've still got a lot of work to do considering the production budget was $51 million.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest found new life in its fifth week; the Disney film made $11 million over the weekend to bring its total to $380 million. The film consistently had been the top daily grosser this past week, according to Box Office Mojo.
Last week's top winner, Miami Vice, slipped three spots to fourth place. The Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx action flick busted up theaters for $9.7 million over the weekend; that makes the two-week total $45.7 million. And talk about a lot of work to do; the production budget for Miami Vice was $135 million for the Michael Mann film.
Lionsgate's horror The Descent freaked out audiences for fifth place and a very impressive debut of $8.8 million over the weekend. Considering this film was going against some serious heavyweights, $8.8 million is very impressive. The Descent is one of the scariest films you'll see all year!
John Tucker isn't dead yet - the hit teen flick, John Tucker Must Die came in sixth place - dropping four spots - to end up with a $6 million over the weekend. Its two-week total is $28.6 million, more than $10 million over the production costs. Watch for the cast of this film - Arielle Kebbel, Sophia Bush, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, and Jesse Metcalfe are serious rising stars!
Another haunt-fest scared families over the weekend; Sony Animation's Monster House came in seventh place with $6 million over the weekend. That takes the three-week mark up to $57 million; look for it to surpass the $75 million budget by the end of the month. This is the first film released from the sister company of Sony; next comes Open Season on September 29th.
Warner Bros. is still kicking with their animated film, The Ant Bully, starring the voices of Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Paul Giamatti, Meryl Streep, and a host of others. The Tom Hanks-produced movie finished in eighth place and took in $3.9 million over the weekend for a two-week total of $18.1 million. It just has not been a good year for Warner, but look for them to rebound on August 25th with Beerfest from the Broken Lizard folks.
You, Me and Dupree is still hanging there in ninth place taking in $3.6 million over the weekend. That brings its four-week total to $66.8 million surpassing the $54 million production budget. The comedy stars Owen Wilson as a lazy and careless friend who shacks up with his best friend and newlywed wife - Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson.
Rounding out the top 10 is the mystery The Night Listener, starring Robin Williams, Toni Collette, and Rory Culkin. The newcomer debuted with $3.6 million in only 1367 theaters - nearly 1000 less than all other films in the top 10. The film is based on the true story of a radio show host (Williams) who goes on the search for a dying child admirer, only to find he may not be real and is highly guarded by his mother (Collette).
Next week, Paramount rolls out early with the Wednesday opening of World Trade Center, based on the true events of two New York Port Authority officers, who risked their lives to save others on the tragic day of September 11th. That comes out August 9th, starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Jay Hernandez, Maria Bello, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Coming to theaters on August 11th, Sony's family comic film, Zoom, starring Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Rip Torn, and the new Zenith Team - Spencer Breslin, Kate Mara, Michael Cassidy, and Ryan Newman.
The Weinstein Company is releasing their horror/thriller, Pulse on August 11th; the film is the American remake of the Japanese film, Kairo, and stars Veronica Mars' Kristen Bell, Christina Milian, Samm Levine, and Rick Gonzalez.
And Disney comes out with the dance flick, Step Up - shot and about the streets of Baltimore and overcoming those struggles. Soon-to-be mega star, Channing Tatum stars as a kid who is forced to work at a performing arts school, and meets a dancer, Jenna Dewan. Also in the film is Baltimore's own, Mario, and Drew Sidora.