Race to Witch Mountain took the top spot at the box office this weekend, beating out last week’s number one film, Watchmen, which came in at number two. Carla Gugino, however–who stars in both films–hasn’t been this happy since Son-in-Law swept the nation.
Witch Mountain, the Disney remake about two alien children and their journeys with The Rock, took in a solid $25 million, whereas Watchmen, which brought in a whopping $55 million last week, making it the 6th-highest opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie, saw quite the decline, taking in $18.1 million, making its 10-day gross $86 million.
The new remake of Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left (read Quaid’s review!) debuted at number three with $14.7 million and number four was that darn Liam Neeson picture, Taken which made $6.65 million, bringing its total thus far to $127 million. This film has had a kind of staying power that I don’t think anyone saw coming and now I’m starting to become a little tempted to check it out.
Madea Goes to Jail, last week’s number two, has dropped down to number five with $5.13 million. I am convinced that Tyler Perry is a Megazord of a man and every few months another piece of him breaks off and becomes its own movie, sent out into the box office battlefield to kick some ass.
Number six is the Best Picture Oscar-winner Slumdog Millionaire, still seeing quite a remarkable boost from its big night last month. It made $5.03 million this weekend, putting its total at an impressive $133 million. Seven was Paul Blart: Mall Cop with $3.1 million, another film with a peculiar amount of staying power.
Eight was He’s Just Not That Into You, which made $2.9 million, and nine was the fantastic everyone-should-see-it-now Coraline with $2.65 million. I was a little afraid that the damn Jonas Brothers movie would kick Coraline out of all of the 3-D theaters, but thankfully, it was a pretty stellar flop and you can go check out Coraline in all its 3-D glory right now! Debuting at the pitiful number 10 spot was the dopey-looking teen sex comedy Miss March, which made $2.35 million. Sounds about right to me.