The Western may not have exactly been riding high in the genre popularity stakes, but it looks like it can still pull a win out of its ten-gallon hat. Because 3:10 To Yuma has just claimed the top spot at the US box office with $14.1 million. It may not appear to be a huge figure compared to the box office hauls of the summer releases, but it’s a decent result for a very traditional horse ‘n’ gunplay outing.
That pushed Halloween down to second place, which suffered a 62% drop and has now made $44.2 million. Superbad, meanwhile, slipped to third, but has crossed $100 million in its fourth weekend, shoving its take up to $103.7 million.
Fourth place went to ping pong comedy Balls Of Fury, which notched up another $5.7 million and now lays claim to $24.3 million after two weeks in the charts. And in fifth, The Bourne Ultimatum is still doing well, having taken $210.1 million in the States alone after six weeks.
Sadly for Shoot ‘Em Up – New Line’s new comic action bullet-fest starring Clive Owen - the movie could only drag in $5.5 million in its launch week, slinking into the charts at sixth place. That put it one ahead of the studio’s other comedy/action blend, Rush Hour 3, now in its fifth week of release and motoring along nicely with $129.2 million.
Which leaves the rest of the charts to returning movies – Mr Bean’s Holiday at eighth, The Nanny Diaries at ninth and, bringing up the rear, Hairspray, which is in its seventh week and now up to $114.8 million to date.
Finally, one wide release which bombed completely – the new Will Arnett comedy The Brothers Solomon. Despite arriving in 700 cinemas, it only managed $525,000, which didn’t even buy it entry into the top 12…