According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema's Wedding Crashers took its vows in first place this weekend with an estimated $20.5 million.
The R-rated comedy, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and helmed by David Dobkin, was off a scant 20% on its third session and has garnered an estimated $116.1 million to date. In recent years only a handful of films have opened in a position other than the top spot before moving into first place in later weeks; Wedding Crashers joins a unique club that includes New Line's Elf, 20th Century Fox's There's Something About Mary and Buena Vista's The Santa Clause. But Wedding Crashers proved to be one of but a few bright spots this weekend at the boxoffice as the session overall fell well short of the comparable frame last year, when Buena Vista's The Village debuted with $50.7 million and the second-place film, Universal's The Bourne Supremacy, took in $24.2 million for its sophomore session.
Sony's Stealth joins DreamWorks' The Island -- another expensive summer actioner with a budget north of $100 million -- that crash-landed in its opening session. Directed by Rob Cohen and starring Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel and Josh Lucas, Stealth was grounded in the fourth spot with a bleak estimate of $13.5 million.
British audiences went bonkers for Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory over the weekend, propelling the pic to the top spot with $19.75 million from more than 2,300 screens in 15 countries, according to estimates.
Charlie's stunning bow in the U.K. -- $13.1 million from 531 sites -- swallowed up 60% of the top-five market share there. Excluding previews for all titles, this was better than the opening of The Incredibles by 21%, Fantastic Four by 143%, double the opening of Madagascar and on par with War of the Worlds and Toy Story 2.
In Mexico, Tim Burton's re-imagining of Roald Dahl's classic story had a delicious No. 1 opening of $1.43 million and 380,600 admissions from 473 prints, more than double the No. 4 opening of actioner Stealth, which made $700,000 on 350.