3:10 To Yuma rides to the top of the US box office

While Shoot ‘Em Up fires blanks…

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…