Looks like Wolverine and co have found a foe they can’t beat: the drawing power of Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.
Yes, Aniston finally proved that she might actually be able to open a film and Vaughn continues to show that he’s got the comic chops as The Break-Up opened with $38.1 million this weekend in the States.
Some analysts had been predicting a second straight win for X-Men: The Last Stand, but a heavy 66.6% drop in its follow-up weekend meant that the mutants had to settle for the Number Two slot. There was even evidence for some seriously mixed word of mouth during that killer first weekend when Stand dropped between Friday and Saturday. But we doubt that anyone at Fox will be too worried, especially since the movie now stands at $175.7 million so far in the US alone.
Clinging to third like a badger on a wheelie bin is Over The Hedge, which scurried away with $20.6 million. It remains to be seen whether it can still hang around once Disney’s Cars revs into town next week.
Fourth was The Da Vinci Code, which looks like it might be ready to start slipping down the charts. The Tom Hanks thriller took in $19.3 million. Tom Cruise fell one place to fifth with M:i:III, while Poseidon sank further, grabbing $3.4 million for sixth. The disaster – which cost more than $160 million to make, has still only brought in $51.6 million in the US.
Lower down, RV continued to play well to families after a little old-fashioned comedy, dropping just one place to seventh. Eighth went to cheapo horror See No Evil, which stabbed $2 million this week. Much more impressive was An Inconvenient Truth at ninth, which sees former US Vice President Al Gore lecturing about the dangers of global warming. Take a moment to consider that the documentary is running in just 77 cinemas across America – that’s 881 less than the 10th placed Lindsay Lohan comedy Just My Luck – and marvel at Al’s success. Now if only he’d pulled off a result like that in the 2000 election…