The action-comedy The Rundown, starring the formidable The Rock, premiered at the top of the box office this weekend with $18.5 million*, while the sun shined on another newcomer, the escapist Under the Tuscan Sun, which opened in second place with $9.406 million.
The Rundown shoved last week's headliner Underworld back to No. 3 with $9.4 million, while the sappy Secondhand Lion only tepidly growled into fourth place with $8.2 million. The toe-tappin' The Fighting Temptations rounded out the top five with $6.4 million.
THE TOP TEN
Universal Pictures' PG-13-rated The Rundown reigned supreme in its opening weekend with an ESTIMATED $18.5 million in 3,152 theaters, averaging $5,869 per theater.
The Rock plays a bounty hunter who heads to Brazil to retrieve his kingpin boss's son. But before long, the two must team up in order to escape hidden traps and obstacles they encounter in the jungle.
Buena Vista's PG-13-rated Under the Tuscan Sun made a sweet debut at No. 2 with an ESTIMATED $9.4 million in a much smaller release--only 1,226 theaters--making its $7,672 per theater average the highest of any film playing wide this week.
In this romantic comedy, a wounded divorcee searches for true love when she pulls up roots and impetuously buys a villa in scenic Tuscany.
Sony Picture's R-rated supernatural thriller Underworld went back under, relinquishing its top spot to take No. 3 with an ESTIMATED $9.4 million (-57%) at 2,928 theaters (+13 theaters; $3,210 per theater). In its second week, the vampires vs. werewolves thriller has accumulated approximately $37 million.
New Line's PG-rated Secondhand Lions fell two spots to fourth with an ESTIMATED $8.2 million (-32%) in 3,038 theaters (+25 theaters; $2,716 per theater). In its second week, the family drama about two grumpy uncles and their precocious nephew has taken in approximately $23.4 million.
Paramount Picture's PG-13-rated The Fighting Temptations dropped two rungs to fifth place in its second week with an ESTIMATED $6.4 million (-45%) in 2,026 theaters (unchanged; $3,196 per theater). The church choir singin', finger snappin' musical has accumulated $20.2 million.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Sony Pictures' R-rated sequel Once Upon a Time in Mexico came in sixth place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $5.1 million (-54%) in 2.922 theaters (-367 theaters; $1,745 per theater). Its cume is approximately $49 million.
Miramax's PG-13-rated black comedy Duplex debut at No. 7 with an ESTIMATED $4.4 million in 2,189 theaters, with a $2,018 per theater average.
A young New York couple buys the perfect brownstone duplex--too bad they have to share it with a nasty old lady who lives upstairs.
In another dream-house-turned-nightmare, Buena Vista's R-rated thriller Cold Creek Manor slipped three spots to eighth place in its second week with an ESTIMATED $4.3 million (-48%) at 2,035 theaters (unchanged; $2,113 per theater). Its cume is $14.5 million.
Warner Bros.' PG-13-rated drama Matchstick Men dropped three places in its third week to take the No. 9 position with an ESTIMATED $4.2 million (-43%) in 2,666 theaters (-45 theaters; $1,607 per theater). Its cume is approximately $30.6 million.
In its third week of release, Focus Features' R-rated dramatic comedy Lost In Translation rounded out the Top Ten for the second week in a row with an ESTIMATED $3.5 million (+34%) in 488 theaters (+305 theaters; $7,217 per theater average). It cume is approximately $8.4 million.
Sony Pictures Classics' R-rated My Life Without Me opened in seven theaters with an ESTIMATED $40,199, earning a $5,743 per theater average.
The film follows the life of a 23-year-old woman who has two kids, lives in a trailer and works a blue-collar job. When she's told she only has a few months to live, she decides to live what time she has left to the fullest.
Overall, the box office numbers fell considerably from last weekend. The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $79 million, down 12.26 percent from last weekend, when they grossed $91.7 million. The Top 12 movies were also down nearly 14 percent from this time last year when they took in $90.1 million.
Last year's top three included: Buena Vista's PG-13-rated romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama premiered in the top spot with $35.6 million in 3,293 theaters ($10,826 per theater); Dreamworks' PG-13-rated spy comedy The Tuxedo debuted in second place with $15 million in 3,022 theaters ($4,980 per theater); and MGM's riotous PG-13-rated Barbershop slipped to No. 3 in its third week with $10 million in 2,051 theaters (+ 157 theaters; $4,880 per theater).