Despite all the controversy, Sony came out on top with The Da Vinci Code; the film has won the weekend box office with a total of $77 million in its debut. The Ron Howard-helmed film, starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, and Ian McKellen, based on the Dan Brown novel, won over fans around the country to open at the top spot.
Coming in second place, DreamWorks Animation's Over the Hedge took in an impressive $37.2 million in its opening weekend. The movie has the voice talents of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Nick Nolte, Steve Carell, Avril Lavigne, William Shatner, and many, many more as a group of forest animals who try and take over a suburban community of humans to gather food.
Mission: Impossible III went over the century mark in the third week in theaters. In the third spot this week, the Tom Cruise flick made $11 million putting the total to $103 million. In the third installment of the series, Ethan Hunt must travel the world to save his fiancé.
In 4th place, Poseidon, which has performed very poorly at the box office, so far in its two weeks. The Warner Bros. disaster film brought in $9.2 million this weekend bringing the total to $36.8 million. The modern re-make of 1972's The Poseidon Adventure stars Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, and Richard Dreyfuss, and has been unfairly judged since opening last week.
Rounding out the top 5 is another Sony money maker, RV, starring Robin Williams. In its fourth week on the charts, the family comedy rode in with $5.1 million, bringing the total to just over $50 million. The film has been a welcome surprise for Sony, which has had a very successful year so far, and with The Da Vinci Code this week that will likely continue.
The second half of the chart begins with newcomer See No Evil in 6th place. The debut movie from WWE Films brought in $4.35 million with WWE Superstar Kane as a killing machine. Lionsgate is distributing the horror film.
Lindsay Lohan's luck is getting worse and worse; her film Just My Luck came in 7th at the box office, only taking in just under $3.4 million. That brings the teen comedy's two week total to $10.5 million.
In the 8 spot, indie horror film An American Haunting with $1.66 million. In three weeks, the Donald Sutherland/Sissy Spacek movie has taken in $13.6 million. The flick also stars the young and talented actress, Rachel Hurd-Wood, who plays the lead in the true story of the only known case of a spirit causing the death of a person.
United 93 comes in 9th place this week; the film which tells the story of the 4th airplane crash on September 11th brought in $1.4 million. The 4-week total comes to $28.3 million, despite even more controversy than The Da Vinci Code.
And finally, squeezing back into the charts in 10th place is Lionsgate's Akeelah and the Bee with $1 million. The movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and Keke Palmer in the story of a young girl who wants to make the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. In 4 weeks, Akeelah has brought in a total of $15.7 million.
Next week, the run-away winner should be X-Men: The Last Stand opening on May 26th. The final mutant movie in the original trilogy brings back all your favorite characters, plus adds Kelsey Grammer as Beast, Dania Ramirez as Callisto, and Ben Foster as Angel, among many others.