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Weekend Box Office Results 2008-03-31 08:15:05

Weekend Box Office: 21 Wins the Pot

Well, it looks like 21, the film about MIT students who take Vegas by storm, was a safe bet as it easily won the top spot at the box office. However, the overall weekend box office total was down 17 percent compared to last year, Variety reports. 21 earned an estimated $23 million, beating Horton Hears a Who and firmly establishing Jim Sturgess as a viable leading man.

Compare these results to another new release this weekend: Stop-Loss, starring Ryan Phillippe, who is a household name. Another box office casualty in a long line of Iraq War-related film flops, Stop-Loss only earned $4.5 million, coming in at No. 8.

Which brings me to the other box office disappointment this weekend, Superhero Movie. Could it be that Round One of Harvey Weinstein vs. Fanboys' fanboys goes to the geeks (more on the feud here)? Protesters gathered on both coasts where Superhero was playing, though in LA it appears Weinstein was prepared with guards. One protester told the Hollywood Reporter:

Guards were everywhere. At one point, I counted nine, no joke. They hired a whole force and whenever someone showed up looking around for the protest, they were surrounded by guards and told to leave instantly or be arrested. I guess you can't really hold a protest on private property.

Ultimately the film came in the third spot with a measly $9.5 million. Is this a little bit hilarious to anyone else?

Finally, Run Fat Boy Run starring Simon Pegg came in 13th and only earned an estimated $2.3 million here in the US. The movie grossed $22.6 million in the UK last Fall.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Yay for Jim Sturgess! I still have to see 21, but I was seeing The Other Boleyn Girl (which he is also in) last weekend. He is poised for big success, hopefully.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
Definately deserved the #1 spot! It was really good and Jim was AWESOMELY hot! I still can't believe Stop Loss came in at #8, but it's not like I'm gonna see it, even on DVD.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i saw 21 so i'm so glad that it got the #1 spot. i have to say in that picture posted above, kate really has some nice boobage going on there. gotta love the tape/push up bra thing.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I'm going to see 21 tonight--yay! :)
calliope calliope 9 years
I think Stop-Loss looked very good. I'm still planning on seeing it. Ryan Phillipe is quite talented, but doesn't often get much recognition for his talent.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Ryan, can't seem to get a break with his movies. They never seem to do well in the theaters. He was doing smaller films and then did this mainstream, it doesn't seem to translate to the audiences. Ohh well.
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I saw Run, Fat Boy, Run and I loved it. Not the greatest movie ever, but certainly funny!
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
Jim Sturgess reminds me of Daniel Brühl so much (especially in that picture), it's freaky... :OY:
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I really want to see Stop-Loss but we went and saw Shutter which i liked but kinda left me creeped out and a little confused.
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