The high-octane opener 2 Fast 2 Furious, the only new wide release of the week, crossed the finish line in first place, roaring past the competition with a $52.1 million* haul. In its dust, 2 Fast left last week's big winner Finding Nemo holding the second place trophy at $45.8 million.
The heavenly comedy Bruce Almighty followed in third place this week with $21.7 million while the Mini Cooper-powered The Italian Job took fourth with $13.3 million. The continuing sci-fi opus The Matrix Reloaded rounded out the top five with $9.1 million.
THE TOP TEN
Universal Pictures PG-13-rated action-packed sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious debuted in the top spot with an ESTIMATED $52.1 million at 3,408 theaters. Its $15,288 average per theater was the highest of any film playing this week.
The sequel follows Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) who, after losing his badge from his escapades in The Fast and the Furious, is given one last chance when the Feds in Miami need his help to collar a dirty businessman using his import/export business as a cover for an international money-laundering cartel.
Buena Vista/Disney and Pixar Animation Studios' G rated computer-animated feature Finding Nemo swam out of first place to take No. 2 with an ESTIMATED $45.8 million (-35%) at 3,391 theaters (+17 theaters; $13,506 per theater). Don't be too sad for the fish, though; the film, about a clownfish in the Great Barrier Reef who is looking for his son, has accumulated approximately $143.3 million in only two weeks.
Universal Pictures' PG-13 Bruce Almighty dropped a notch to third in its third week with an ESTIMATED $21.7 million (-42%) at 3,549 theaters (+57 theaters; $6,114 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $170.8 million.
Paramount Pictures' PG-13 rated actioner The Italian Job dropped a notch to fourth with an ESTIMATED $13.3 million (-32%) at 2,877 theaters (+244 theaters; $4,623 per theater). The film, about a mastermind thief and his crew trying to pull off an amazing gold bullion heist, has taken in approximately $40.1 million in two weeks.
Warner Bros.' R rated sci-fi sequel The Matrix Reloaded weighed in at No. 5, sliding down a spot in its fourth week with an ESTIMATED $9.1 million (-42%) at 3,225 theaters (-228 theaters; $2,823 per theater). Its cume is approximately $247.6 million.
Sony Pictures' PG-rated Daddy Day Care dropped to No. 6 in its fifth week with an ESTIMATED $4.8 million (-29%) at 2,713 theaters (-415 theaters; $1,769 per theater). Its cume is approximately $88.6 million and headed for the $100 million mark.
Twentieth Century Fox's comic book sequel X2: X-Men United stayed in seventh place in its sixth week of release with an ESTIMATED $3 million (-40%) at 2,050 theaters (-480 theaters; $1,488 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $204.3 million.
Twentieth Century Fox's R rated horror thriller Wrong Turn slid down two spots to take eighth place with an ESTIMATED $2.6 million (-49%) in 1,613 theaters (-2 theaters; $1,643 per theater). The film, which revolves around a group that gets stranded on a dirt road deep in the woods of West Virginia and faces a horrific fate at the hands of gruesome mountain men, has taken in approximately $9.7 million in two weeks.
Warner Bros.' PG-13 The In-Laws dropped one notch to No. 9 in its third week with an ESTIMATED $2 million (-46%) in 2,047 theaters (-605; $979 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $17.9 million.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Fox Searchlight's PC-13 rated comedy Bend It Like Beckham kept its place on the list at No. 10 in its 13th week with an ESTIMATED $975,000 (-9%) at 494 theaters (+3 theaters; $1,974 per theater). Its cume is approximately $20.5 million.
The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $157 million, down 6.6 percent from last week's take of $168.2 million.
The Top 12, however, were up a whopping 52 percent from last year's $103.3 million total.
Last year, Paramount's PG-13 rated The Sum of All Fears stayed the top of the box office for the second week in a row with $19.2 million at 3,218 theaters ($5,976 per theater), while Warner Bros.' PG-13 rated Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood debuted at No. 2 with $16.1 million in 2,507 theaters ($6,449 per theater); Fox's PG rated Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones dropped to third place in its third week with $14 million at 3,161 theaters ($4,433 per theater).