This last weekend was the Martin Luther King holiday in America, which means an extra day of takings for films. And what better way to celebrate civil rights than with… a Kevin James comedy? About a mall cop?
Yes, Paul Blart: Mall Cop ushered in a record MLK day taking with $39 million earned. That shoved Clint’s Gran Torino down to second place for $26 million and My Bloody Valentine had to settle for third place – but it was still a success, thanks to higher 3D ticket prices. It took $24.2 million.
Rap biopic Notorious arrived in fourth with $24 million and, rounding out the top five, kids’ comedy Hotel For Dogs nabbed $22 million in its first weekend.
All in all, a hugely successful weekend for the US box office – and a much needed boost for the industry in these dodgy economical times. Here’s the top 10:
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($39 million)
- Gran Torino ($26 million)
- My Bloody Valentine 3D ($24.2 million)
- Notorious ($24 million)
- Hotel For Dogs ($22 million)
- Bride Wars ($14 million)
- The Unborn ($10.9 million)
- Defiance ($10.7 million)
- Marley And Me ($7.4 million)
- Slumdog Millionaire ($7.1 million)
[Data Source: Box Office Mojo]