Sony’s 21 Has the Winning Hand

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Be sure to check back on Monday for final figures based on actual box office.

Columbia Pictures’ new gambling drama 21, directed by Robert Luketic and starring Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey, opened in first place with an estimated $23.7 million from 2,648 theaters, and average of $8,950 per site. The studio said the debut for the $35 million-budgeted film exceeded expections, and it played strongly to old and young, male and female moviegoers.

The movie knocked Fox’s Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who out of the top spot after the animated hit reigned the previous two weekends. “Horton” has become the first film to cross the $100 million mark, adding $17.4 million in its third weekend. Voiced by Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, the movie has reached $117.3 million domestically so far. It cost about $85 million to make.

Dimension Film’s new action-comedy Superhero Movie, a spoof of comic book movies, debuted in third with $9.5 million from 2,960 theaters. It averaged $3,212 per location.

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns dropped two spots to fourth and made $7.8 million in its second weekend. The dramedy has collected $32.8 million in two weeks.

Owen Wilson comedy Drillbit Taylor rounded out the top five with $5.8 million, pushing its two-week total to $20.6 million.

20th Century Fox’s Shutter added $5.3 million for a total of $19.1 million in two weeks, while Roland Emmerich’s 10,000 BC earned $4.9 million and stands at $84.9 million after four weeks.

Paramount Pictures released Kimberly Peirce’s new drama Stop-Loss in 1,291 theaters in which it dearned $4.5 million. Made for $25 million, the film averaged $3,505. Picturehouse opened Run, Fat Boy, Run in 1,133 theaters where it made $2.4 million.

In limited release, Magnolia Pictures’ Flawless earned $180,000 from 35 theaters, an average of $5,142, while Samuel Goldwyn Films’ Priceless received $117,000 from 24 locations, an average of $4,875.

Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films.

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