Shark Tale Swimming Strong at Box Office
So far, the movie has hooked in $87.7 million, according to studio estimates.
The critically well-received football movie Friday Night Lights, starring Billy Bob Thornton, also experienced a strong kickoff, coming in second with $20.6 million, while the critically reviled comedy Taxi, with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon, suffered a flat tire, and the Hilary Duff teen tale Raise Your Voice found too few listeners.
In its second week, Ladder 49, with Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta, slipped to No. 3 after its second-place premiere last week behind Shark Tale.
Expanding to wider release after two weeks in a limited run, The Motorcycle Diaries broke into the top 10, grossing $1.4 million for ninth place, reports the Associated Press. The film chronicles a road trip taken by the young Ernesto "Che" Guevara and a pal across South America and stars Mexican heartthrob Gael García Bernal, who enjoyed another victory this weekend at the New York Film Festival, with Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education.
The movie served as the centerpiece of the festival. In it, Bernal (who turns 26 later this month) plays three roles, including an aspiring actor, a transvestite and a movie leading man/woman.
The weekend's Top 10, according to studio estimates, were as follows:
1. Shark Tale, $31.7 million
2. Friday Night Lights, $20.6 million
3. Ladder 49, $13.3 million
4. Taxi, $12.05 million
5. The Forgotten, $7.5 million
6. Raise Your Voice, $4.6 million
7. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, $2.3 million
8. Shaun of the Dead, $1.6 million
9. The Motorcycle Diaries, $1.4 million
10. Resident Evil: Apocalypse, $1.25 million
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