Marvel comic book adaptation Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr., grossed just over an estimated $100 million for the weekend, inclusive of its Thursday night sneak screenings, meaning it placed second to Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, which grossed $115.5 million on the strength of Dempsey’s stubble. No, just kidding… the latter film placed second for the weekend, with $15.5 million. Its makers were then promptly euthanized Saturday night.
starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, fell to third, but delivered another
$10.3 million for distributor Universal, good for $32 million overall.
Fellow laffers Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,
meanwhile, placed fourth and fifth for the weekend, each grossing just
over $6 million. The former film has now made $44.8 million in
three-plus weeks of release, while the Harold & Kumar sequel has made $25.2 million heading into its second full week of release.
Placing sixth for the weekend was time-spanning martial arts flick The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jet Li, Jackie Chan
and that noodle-armed kid whose last name sounds like a disease,
with $4.2 million and now $45.1 million overall. Rounding out the top 10 were Swiss Family Robinson-esque family flick Nim’s Island, starring Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin ($2.8 million, $42.5 million total); the critically maligned Prom Night,
featuring Brittany Snow
($2.5 million, $41.4 million total); the ensemble blackjack flick 21 ($2.1 million, $79 million cumulatively); and Al Pacino’s 88 Minutes ($1.6 million, $15.4 million total). In other, limited releases, Son of Rambow released in five theaters to $52,500; kick-’em-up Redbelt, written and directed by David Mamet, grossed $68,600 in a half dozen theaters; and Jeremy Podeswa’s Fugitive Pieces, starring Stephen Dillane, Rade Serbedzija and Rosamund Pike, rang up $108,000 in 30 venues.