Critically maligned Prom Night,
featuring both Brittany Snow (below, but on much more interesting display here) and the stone-faced intensity of yes-he-really-spells-his-name-like-that killer Johnathon Schaech, took the top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, stealing an estimated $20.8 million out of the wallets of mostly regretful 13- to 25-year-olds. The weekend’s other big new wide release, urban cop thriller Street Kings, placed second with a $12.4 million take. Ensemble blackjack flick 21, starring Jim Sturgess, continued to display staying power, taking third place with $10.4 million; this brings the movie’s total gross to just under $62 million in three weeks of release. Rounding out the top five were Nim’s Island, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, with $9.1 million, and George Clooney’s period piece football comedy, Leatherheads, with $6.2 million.
Completing the top 10 were Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who ($5.9 million for the weekend, $139.5 million in total), the mostly derided ensemble dramedy Smart People ($4.1 million in its first frame), The Ruins ($3.4 million in its second weekend, for a total of $13.5 million), Superhero Movie, ($3.2 million, $21.3 million in total), and Owen Wilson’s Drillbit Taylor ($2 million, $28.4 million in total).