According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal's highly lauded The 40-Year-Old Virgin held the top spot for the second consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $16.4 million. The favorable reviews turned into positive word-of-mouth as Virgin slipped a scant 23% from its debut.
The R-rated comedy, starring Steve Carell and helmed by Judd Apatow, has gleaned $48.7 million in 10 days. Among the weekend's three new wide releases, Dimension's The Brothers Grimm, a fantasy-horror film from director Terry Gilliam, had the best performance with an estimated $15.1 million. Matt Damon and Heath Ledger star in the PG-13 film about two traveling con artists and faux exorcists who encounter real magical beings. It arrived in the second spot and averaged a respectable but not magical $4,891 per theater.
Screen Gems' The Cave unearthed only a sixth-place debut with an estimated $6.2 million from 2,195 houses. The low-budget horror-thriller, co-produced with Lakeshore Entertainment and starring Cole Hauser and Morris Chestnut, came in on the low end of expectations. The PG-13 The Cave was directed by Bruce Hunt.
It was a Warner Bros. weekend at the international boxoffice as No. 1 movie The Island passed the $100 million mark and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lost its long-running U.K. crown to newcomer The Dukes of Hazzard, according to estimates.
The Island earned $9.7 from 4,500 screens in 48 territories, boosting the cume to $101.6 million. Michael Bay's actioner had three No. 1 openings. In Italy, earnings were $1.65 million from 332 prints, including $300,000 in sneaks, ahead of openers Herbie: Fully Loaded at No. 2 ($1.2 million on about 250 screens) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo at No. 5 ($200,000 on 101 prints -- double the original's takings).
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