September 18, 2006 05:02:48 GMT
Columbia Pictures' "Gridiron Gang" has made its way to secure the top spot of weekend U.S box-office with $15 million, according to studio estimates.
Looks like sports genre still remains everyone's favorite to look at in theaters. For the second time in the past month, another uplifting football movie has emerged powerfully to take a victory lap on the weekend box office.
Telling about a detention camp probation officer who creates a high-school-level football team from a group of dangerous teenage inmates, "Gridiron Gang" has delightfully made its way to open strong at $14.4 million during weekend of September 15-17, 2006 to seat firmly on the top of the list, becoming the Columbia Pictures' 10th best opener this year.
Averaged $4,281 at 3,502 locations, the flick thereby bests its fellow newcomers, "The Black Dahlia" and "Everyone's Hero", which fill the two ranks below with $10 million and $6 million, respectively. Meanwhile, last-week's champ, Renny Harlin's "The Covenant" surprisingly experienced significant drop of 47 percent as it merely managed to garner $4.7 million, going down three notches to number four.
Another newcomer, the drama comedy "The Last Kiss" wonderfully could work its charm toward moviegoers to gain fairly satisfying income of $4.6 million followed by Disney's "Invincible" at number six after collecting $4.1 million to make up a total of $51.1 million in its fourth week on the chart.
Coming up behind is Neil Burger's "The Illusionist" which still does quite well in the competition, only dropping 17 percent to add another $3.6 million into its pocket. Similar to this Yari Film Group production, "Little Miss Sunshine" also remains to circulate well on the list at number eight with $3.3 million. Placed on the ninth and tenth position to make up the top ten U.S box office of the week are Ben Affleck's latest vehicle of "Hollywoodland" with $2.7 million and Lionsgate's action flick "Crank" with $2.6 million.