Box office figures were Served this Super Bowl weekend.
The youthful hip-hop dance film You Got Served, starring the defunct boy band B2K, took the top spot with $16 million*, knocking last week's champ, the Ashton Kutcher thriller The Butterfly Effect, down to the third spot with $9.9 million.
"[You Got Served] is one of those movies that flies beneath the radar, then suddenly, it's at No. 1," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, told The Associated Press. "It just shows when you go after that teen audience, it's an audience that definitely has power."
Second place belonged to the raucous romantic comedy Along Came Polly, which took in a decent $10 million, while the regal The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King came in fourth with $5.2 million.
Rounding out the top five was another newcomer, the SAT heist flick The Perfect Score with $5 million, while the other heist flick opening this week, The Big Bounce, failed to make it to the top 10, scraping by with a measly $3.3 million.
With the Academy Award nominations announced on Tues. Jan. 27, the box office also saw a few familiar faces return in re-release, including Best Picture nominees Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which earned $2.3 million in 1,118 theaters, and Lost in Translation, which grossed $2.1 million in 632 theaters. Both joined Mystic River, which expanded last week. The indie drama Monster, which stars Best Actress nominee Charlize Theron, also saw a 49 percent jump, with a healthy $3 million in 668 theaters.
The overall Super Bowl weekend figures of $75.2 million, were slightly down, 5.93 percent, from the same Super Bowl weekend last year (which came a week earlier), at $79.9 million.
THE TOP TEN
Screen Gems' PG-13 rated hip-hoppin' You Got Served opened in the No. 1 slot with an ESTIMATED $16 million, which comes somewhat as a surprise since it only opened in 1,933 theaters. Still, its $8,277 per theater average was the highest of any film playing wide this week.
The former boy band B2K hits the big screen as an urban dance crew competing for a big cash prize.
Directed by Chris Stokes, it stars Marques Houston, Omarion, Jarell "J-Booq" Houston and Dreux "Lil Fizz" Frederic.
Universal Pictures' PG-13 rated romantic comedy Along Came Polly stayed in second place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $10 million (-38%) in 3,052 theaters (+57 theaters; $3,300 per theater). Its cume is approximately $66.7 million.
Directed by John Hamburg, it stars Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Debra Messing.
Last week's champ, New Line Cinema's R rated supernatural drama The Butterfly Effect, dropped to third place in its second week with an ESTIMATED $9.9 million (-42%) in 2,605 theaters (unchanged; $3,820 per theater). Its cume is approximately $32.4 million.
Directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, it stars Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Elden Henson and Ethan Suplee.
New Line Cinema's PG-13 rated fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King actually moved up a spot to fourth in its seventh week with an ESTIMATED $5.2 million (-22%) at 2,556 theaters (-302 theaters; $2,338 per theater). Its cume is approximately $345.2 million.
Directed by Peter Jackson, it stars Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Miranda Otto, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan.
Paramount Pictures' PG-13 rated dramedy The Perfect Score opened in fifth place, scoring $5 million in 2,208 theaters with a $2,264 per theater average.
A group of high school seniors conspire to steal the answers to the SAT test.
Directed by Brian Robbins, it stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Bryan Greenberg and Leonardo Nam.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Sony's PG-13 rated drama Big Fish dropped two notches to fourth place in its eighth week with an ESTIMATED $4.6 million (-35%) in 2,280 theaters (-158 theaters; $2,018 per theater). Its cume is approximately $55.3 million.
Directed by Tim Burton, it stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter and Alison Lohman.
Miramax Films' R rated Civil War drama Cold Mountain held on to seventh place in its sixth week with an ESTIMATED $4.5 million (-9%) at 2,500 theaters (-302; $1,813 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $78.8 million.
Directed by Anthony Minghella, it stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.
Dropping considerably, DreamWorks' PG-13 rated romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! came in at No. 8 in its second week with an ESTIMATED $4.5 million (-39%) in 2,808 theaters (+97; $1,603 per theater). Its cume is approximately $13.4 million.
Directed by Robert Luketic, it stars Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel and Topher Grace.
Warner Bros.' dramatic R rated Mystic River moved up a spot to ninth place since expanding to more theaters last week with an ESTIMATED $4.4 million (+31%) at 1,370 theaters (+43 theaters; $3,215 per theater). Its cume is approximately $64.8 million.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, it stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney and Marcia Gay Harden.
Twentieth Century Fox's PG rated family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen rounded out the top 10 in its fifth week with an ESTIMATED $4.1 million (-36%) in 2,396 theaters (-416 theaters; $1,711 per theater). Its cume is approximately $127.8 million.
Directed by Shawn Levy, it stars Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff and Tom Welling.
Warner Bros. PG-13 rated Hawaiian heist caper The Big Bounce didn't have much spring in its step in its opening weekend, taking in an ESTIMATED $3.3 million in 2,304 theaters with a $1,439 per theater average.
Directed by George Armitage, it stars Owen Wilson, Charlie Sheen, Morgan Freeman, Sara Foster and Gary Sinise.
This week, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $75.2 million, down 8.75 percent from last week's $82.4 million, as well as down 19.65 percent from last year's $93.6 million.
Last year, Buena Vista's PG-13 rated The Recruit debuted at the No. 1 spot with $16.3 million at 2,376 theaters with a $6,861 per theater average; New Line Cinema's R rated horror sequel Final Destination 2 opened in second with $16 million in 2,834 theaters with a $5,652 per theater average; and DreamWorks' PG-13 rated actioner Biker Boyz premiered in third with $10 million in 1,766 theaters with a $5,723 per theater average.
There is nothing quite like summertime.
The humid nights invite you to spend endless hours on the porch, drinking lemonade with friends until wee hours of the night. Classes are over, work hours are shorter, and the weekends seem to last forever. Summer equals freedom, a time to let everything go, and a time to simply have fun.
And what could be better than letting loose at a rock concert?
Musicians are no different. Summertime is the best time to heed Kiss' advice and "rock 'n' roll all night and party everyday." After a year of touring, promoting their music, or maybe even recording an album, bands are ready to hit the road to do what they love to do the best - play music for their fans while soaking up the sun or bathing in the moonlight.
Artists and bands of all genres, from heavy metal to R&B, electronica to bubble-gum pop, will embark on tours that will hit the four corners of the country starting this month.
"The summer is the prime season for concerts. Two-thirds of ticket sales happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the music trade magazine Pollstar.
Here are some of the summer's biggest headliners:
The Glam Slam Metal Jam
All dressed up with somewhere to go. Late '80s rockers Poison, voted the No.1 Glam metal band of all time by VH1 viewers, will headline this reunion tour. Fellow '80s rockers Quiet Riot, Warrant and Enuff Z'Nuff will open. For those who were ever into spandex pants, hair spray and eyeliner, this is a show you do not want to miss. Keep in mind Poison's anthem, "Nothin' But a Good Time," for the group as they try to live up to expectations. Touring will begin May 23 in Amarillo, Texas, end Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in St. Paul, Minn. Web site: www.poisonweb.com
Six years on and Ozzy Osbourne still hasn't bitten the heads off of any bats during this heavy metal festival. Ozzfest claims a simple formula: 23 bands, three stages and 30 dates of pure rock frenzy. The tour will consist of two stages. A reunited Black Sabbath, the Godfathers of hard rock, will be joined on the first stage by Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach and Slipknot. The second stage will feature 12 new metal bands, including Kittie, Disturbed and Soulfly. Fans too eager to wait for the tour can pick up the recently released Ozzfest Second Stage Live album for a taste of things to come. Selected cities have provided avid fans with Purgatory Pit tickets, a chance to take a spot in the reserved general admission area to get even closer to the mayhem and obtain an exclusive pit T-shirt. The tour will begin June 8 in Chicago wrap up Aug. 12 in Holmdel, N.J. Web site: ozzfest.com
The George Strait Country Music Festival
This day-long country music celebration, featuring the top names in country music entertainment along with a traveling fair, started nine years ago. This event was one of the most heavily attended concert tours of 2000, the official George Strait Web Site reports. This year, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, and Asleep at the Wheel are among the performers. Ticket holders can explore Straitland, an area created just outside the stadium that includes carnival games, trinket vendors, sponsor exhibits and radio station booths. Festivities will begin June 10 in Dallas, Texas. Web site: georgestrait.com
The Warped Tour
Radical sports fanatics will appreciate the punk music at the festival, which features Rancid, 311, Pennywise, the Rollins Band, New Found Glory, the Misfits and Good Charlotte. Punk-n-skate will regroup for the seventh year to provide one of the most energetic, fast-paced shows of the summer. Skaters will have a chance to get involved in extreme-sports show-off sessions while the music blasts behind them. "I've always loved the Warped Tour, and I love all the bands on the Warped Tour," said Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, who will perform July 14 when the tour rolls into Minneapolis. "Those are some of the best shows I've ever played." Better brush up on your best skateboard moves because the tour will kick off June 22 in Phoenix, Ariz., and will end Aug. 12 in Pontiac, Mich. Tour promoters also pride themselves on pricing tickets at $19.99. Web site: warpedtour.launch.com
Hip-hop and electronica music on the same tour? Yes. In the same way that Lollapalooza redefined the awareness and acceptance of alternative music a decade ago, Area: One will bring together bands of differing genres. "My reason for putting together Area: One is that there is a lot of music in the world that I love that does not always get the appropriate exposure," electronica maestro Moby said. Outkast, Incubus, New Order, Nelly Furtado, and more will accompany headliner Moby. The show will launch July 11 in Atlanta and will end Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. Web site: areafeatival.com
The Pet Shop Boys, a reunited Soft Cell, Sinead O'Connor and Rufus Wainwright set up this three-stage, gay-themed traveling festival. Wotapalava promises to offer gay and straight audiences alike an opportunity to come together to groove to late '80s disco and mellow out to '90s sulk rock. The tour will launch July 13 in Miami and wind down Aug. 11 in a still-undetermined city. Web site: wotapalava.com
MTV TRL Tour
Countdown the days until TRL comes to a town near you. This is the first time that the MTV afternoon pop sensation has promoted a tour of its own. Houston's very own Destiny's Child, Nelly, Eve, Dream and 3LW are a part of this touring event, with teen singer Jessica Simpson making an appearance for the first 12 dates. The tour will begin July 18 in Albany, N.Y., and ends Sept. 23 in Honolulu. Web site: mtv.com
Also on the road
The Dave Mathews Band embarks on another tour, this time to promote Everyday album. The tour began May 18 in San Francisco.
'N Sync will venture out on an all-stadium "PopOdyssey" tour to promote their upcoming album, Celebrity. The tour will begin on May 23 in Jacksonville, Fla., three weeks later than the original date. Backstreet Boys return to the United States for their second leg of their "Black and Blue," beginning June 8 in their hometown Orlando, Fla.
Depeche Mode gets back on the road after their 1998's "The Singles Tour," where they played to over 1,000,000 fans in 18 countries. The "Exciter World Tour," named after their new album, will feature stage design by longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn. The touring will begin June 19 in Minneapolis.
Madonna will strut her girlie stuff on the road again for the first time in eight years. Her "Drowned Tour" will begin July 21 in Philadelphia, Pa.
To support their Just Push Play album, legendary Boston rock band Aerosmith will tour the United States with opening band Fuel. The rockers will push off their tour June 6 in Hartford, Conn.
Blink 182 will take their pop-punk mix and locker-room humor on the road just three days after the release of their new album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. The tour will kick off July 4 in Moline, Ill.