17 Again Easily Tops the Box Office

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The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

New Line/Warner Bros.’ 17 Again took over the box office with an estimated $24.1 million from 3,255 theaters. Starring Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Matthew Perry, the comedy averaged $7,393 per location. In the film, Efron and Perry play a middle-aged loser whose marriage has fallen apart and whose kids don’t respect him, and he’s been wondering if he made the right decision by marrying his then girlfriend Scarlett (Mann) right out of school. After being forced to crash with his high school friend Ned (Lennon), Mike is magically transformed back to the age of 17 and gets to go back to high school and make different decisions the second time around.

Universal Pictures’ new thriller State of Play, starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels and Helen Mirren, opened in second place with $14.1 million from 2,803 theaters. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the movie averaged $5,030 per site and was made for about $60 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens held on to the third spot, making another $12.9 milion in its fourth weekend for a total of $162.7 million. Produced for $175 million, the 3D animated film is the biggest movie of the year so far.

Following closely in fourth was Hannah Montana The Movie, which added $12.7 million in its second weekend, bringing its total to $56.1 million.

Universal’s Fast & Furious rounded out the top five with $12.3 million. Made for about $85 million, the fourth film in the franchise has earned $136.7 million after three weeks.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s sequel Crank: High Voltage, starring Jason Statham, opened to $6.5 million in 2,223 theaters. The first film debuted with $10.5 million in 2006 and ended up with $28 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Observe and Report dropped 63.2% in its second weekend to make $4.1 million for a total of $18.7 million, while Dragonball: Evolution dropped an even bigger 66.9% its second weekend. The latter earned just $1.6 million for a total of $7.8 million.

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

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