Stiller's Dodgeball Nails Spielberg
Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn parlayed their lowbrow comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story to the top of the box-office heap this weekend, leaving Steven Spielberg's The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks, stalled on the runway.
Dodgeball pulled in $30 million, according to studio estimates, easily topping The Terminal's $18.7 million.
The weekend's other big bow, Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan in Disney's remake of Around the World in 80 Days, was more of a bow-wow: It was dead in the water with just $6.8 million and continues Disney's losing streak that, so far, has included The Alamo, Home on the Range and Raising Helen.
The Terminal, meanwhile, represents the weakest opening among recent Spielberg releases: Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Saving Private Ryan all opened in the $30 million to $35 million range, the Associated Press reports.
Of the holdovers, Vin Diesel's The Chronicles of Riddick tumbled from last week's second place to this week's seventh (a dramatic 66 percent plunge), while Nicole Kidman in the No. 6 The Stepford Wives experienced a 57 percent drop. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has so far made an estimated $190.3 million in 17 days, which is about $10 million less than what the last chapter, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, made in the same amount of time.
This weekend's Top 10, according to studio estimates, is as follows:
1. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, $30 million
2. The Terminal, $18.7 million
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, $17.4 million
4. Shrek 2, $13.6 million
5. Garfield: The Movie, $11 million
6. The Stepford Wives, $9.2 million
7. The Chronicles of Riddick, $8.3 million
8. The Day After Tomorrow, $7.55 million
9. Around the World in 80 Days, $6.8 million
10. Troy, $1.7 million