21 wins big at the US box office

But Superhero Movie isn't so heroic...

It wasn’t exactly the highest scoring weekend at the US box office, but gambling drama 21 still managed to win a decent prize against the odds. It arrived at number one with $23 million, which shoved Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who down to second place. Horton’s team won’t be too upset, though – it only fell 29% and has $117 million in total takings so far.

Proving that the lustre might just be off spoofy, pop-culture jamming gag-fests, Superhero Movie only mustered a $9.5 million launch to take third place, despite a “produced by David Zucker” tag. That meant that Tyler Perry’s latest, Meet The Browns, sank from second to fourth, adding $7.7 million to its $32 million total.

At fifth, Drillbit Taylor managed a respectable drop of 43% to nab $5.8 million, which means it has now earned $20.5 million so far. Not exactly healthy for an Apatow production, but we’ll see how it does on DVD. At sixth, Shutter made $5.3 million for a running total of $19 million. In seventh place, 10,000 BC had to settle for $4.8 million, though it does have $85 million in its treasure cave in the US alone.

Stop-Loss arrived at eighth, suffering from a serious case of Iraq message movie fatigue syndrome. Despite an ad campaign that highlighted the good looking cast, it could only grab $4.5 million. College Road Trip drove down to ninth, with $38 million in its fund so far, and The Bank Job settled at 10th with $24 million.

 

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