The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jet Li, Jackie Chan and noodle-armed Michael Angarano, owned the top spot at the box office this weekend, roundhouse kicking $20.8 million out of filmgoers’ wallets. At around 350 fewer venues, romantic disaster flick Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason “Full Frontal” Segel and Kristen Bell, placed second for the weekend, ringing up $17.3 million. In other new, wide releases, Al Pacino’s 88 Minutes slotted fourth, with $6.8 million, and Ben Stein’s anti-evolution doc Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed placed ninth, with $3.15 million, and an impressive $2,997 per screen.
Critically maligned Prom Night,
featuring Brittany Snow, added another $9.1 million to its coffers; it’s now grossed $32.6 million headed into its second full week. Nicely crafted family flick Nim’s Island, meanwhile, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, showed staying power in its third week, taking in $5.65 million, good for a $32.9 million total.
Rounding out the top 10 were ensemble blackjack flick 21 ($5.5 million for the weekend, a cool $70 million cumulatively), top-lined by Jim Sturgess; urban cop thriller Street Kings ($4 million for the weekend, $19.9 million in total), starring Keanu Reeves; Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who ($3.5 million for the weekend, $144.4 million in six weeks of release); the aforementioned Expelled; and George Clooney’s period piece football comedy, Leatherheads, with $3 million for the weekend, and now $26.6 million cumulatively. Falling out of the top 10 were the mostly derided ensemble dramedy Smart People, spoof flick Superhero Movie, teen-pitched horror travelogue The Ruins, and budget-bodyguard comedy Drillbit Taylor, starring Owen Wilson.