“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, the Kevin James comedy about a lovable security guard who struggles to save his mall from criminals, scored $21.5 million at the box office and the number one spot for the second week in a row, according to estimates released today. The light comedy by Sony has grossed $64.8 million in its two weeks of release, and continues to surprise critics.
“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”, a prequel to the Underworld series that explores the history of a war between vampires and werewolves, was not far behind, earning $20.7 million and taking the number two spot for the weekend. The horror film’s two predecessors – “Underworld” and “Underworld: Evolution” – earned $21.7 million and $26.8 million, respectively, in their opening weekends.
The Clint Eastwood Academy Award nominated “Gran Torino” continued its ride in the top five, scoring almost $16 million for third place, while the family comedy “Hotel for Dogs” took fourth place with $12.4 million. “Slumdog Millionaire”, the runaway hit about a game-show contestant from the slums of Mumbai, earned $10.6 million this weekend after the film, which has now made nearly $56 million, received Academy Award nominations.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” re-entered the Top 10, earning $6 million to boost its total to $111 million. The film, starring Brad Pitt as a man aging backward toward infancy, landed 13 Oscar nominations, including best actor for Pitt. “The Wrestler” and “Frost/Nixon” also drew big crowds this weekend after their nominations from the Academy.
Box Office Grosses
|1||Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)||$21.5M||$64.8M|
|2||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)||$20.7M||$20.7M|
|3||Gran Torino (2008)||$16M||$97.6M|
|4||Hotel for Dogs (2009)||$12.4M||$37M|
|5||Slumdog Millionaire (2008)||$10.6M||$55.9M|
|6||My Bloody Valentine (2009)||$10.1M||$37.8M|
|8||Bride Wars (2009)||$7M||$48.7M|
|9||The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)||$6M||$111M|