The Brave One is number one

The Jodie Foster revenge thriller wins the weekend at the US box office

While Jodie Foster can still clearly “open” a movie, her drawing power – not helped by some mixed reviews for Neil Jordan’s latest – isn’t exactly in full force as The Brave One opened to a relatively meagre $14 million, her lowest since Anna And The King.

Still, it was enough to force 3:10 To Yuma into second place, which dropped softly (just 35%) to bring its current total up to $28.5 million, no small feat for a movie saddled (har har) with the low expectations of Western box office. And talking of feats, New Line’s comedy Mr Woodcock (starring Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton), managed to overcome more than a year on the shelf, some caustic reviews and a slot in comedy dumpsville to make $9.1 million.

Despite opening in a few more cinemas than Woodcock, fantasy reptile pic Dragon Wars rustled up less cash. The tale of giant, scaly beasts battling it out for control of the world made $5.4 million. That meant Superbad headed down to fifth place, snapping up $5.2 million, for an impressive running total of $111 million so far, and staying in the top five after five weeks in the charts.

Halloween took a dive from second into sixth place, making $5 million and taking in $51.3 million so far. That put it just ahead of The Bourne Identity, which dropped to seventh with $4.1 million. Halloween will have to go some to match Bourne’s total though – it has already made $216.1 million. In eighth, meanwhile, Balls Of Fury slinks down to near the bottom, taking in $3.3 million.

Finally, the bottom two – Rush Hour 3 skids into ninth having made $133.1 million so far and Mr Bean’s Holiday bumbles at 10th, with $28.4 so far.

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