Smith's 'MiB II' Stays On Top At Box Office
Four new films took a shot at knocking "Men in Black II" from its perch atop the box office heap this weekend, but the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones film proved too tough to beat and held on to its crownFour new films took a shot at knocking "Men in Black II" from its perch atop the box office heap this weekend, but the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones film proved too tough to beat and held on to its crown for the second successive week. Sony's "MiB II" won the weekend with an estimated $25 million take, besting the strong bow of the Tom Hanks/Paul Newman gangster drama "The Road to Perdition" (DreamWorks/Fox) which opened to second place with an estimated $22.1 million.
Rounding out the top five was the debut of the Buena Vista/Spyglass Entertainment action film "Reign of Fire," Dimension Films' latest installment of the "Halloween" horror franchise, "Halloween: Resurrection," and Sony's "Mr. Deeds." The weekend's other wide opener, MGM's "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course," finished in sixth place with an estimated $10 million take.
Suffering a reasonable 52% drop compared to its holiday weekend opening, "MiB II" brought its cumulative gross to an estimated $133.3 million. It is the seventh film released this year to cross the $100 million threshold.
The film's Columbia soundtrack debuted last week at No. 16 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart. Smith's latest solo album, which also features the "MiB II" theme song "Black Suits Comin'," is No. 19 on The Billboard 200 and No. 20 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Lil' Bow Wow, another rapper-turned-actor following in Smith's shoes, saw his 20th Century Fox's basketball comedy "Like Mike" fall to seventh place. The film's box office take was down 37% from its previous weekend's performance to an estimated $7.6 million, which brings its estimated cumulative gross to $32.6 million. The So So Def/Columbia soundtrack to the film debuted last week at No. 3 on the Top Soundtracks chart, No. 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, and No. 18 on The Billboard 200.
Back at the box office, "Mike" narrowly edged the weekend's eighth place finisher, Buena Vista's "Lilo & Stitch." The animated offering that is chock full of Elvis Presley songs dropped 40% from the previous weekend, but managed to bring in an estimated $7.6 million and raise its estimated cumulative gross to $118 million.