The Scorpion King held its sting and top place in the domestic charts with weekend takings of $17.6m, according to studio estimates released today. Universal's spin-off from The Mummy stars The Rock in his first action lead and has taken $60.8m in its first ten days.

Total weekend grosses rose for the 11th week running to $69.8m for the top 12 titles, a 27% leap from the same period last year. So far this year domestic revenues are around 15% higher than last year, when Hollywood recorded a record yearly total of $8.4bn.

With no real threat from this weekend's new releases, The Scorpion King rules the roost for the second weekend running and is expected to pass the $100m for the studio. The picture averaged a healthy $5,103 from 3,449 theatres. However its spot in the limelight looks likely to end next weekend with the release of the eagerly awaited Spider-Man, which officially kicks off the summer season.

Changing Lanes, the Ben Affleck/Samuel L Jackson road rage drama, clung to second place for the second weekend in a row with $9m. The Paramount movie has a 17-day total of $44.6 million.

Of the new releases 20th Century Fox's romantic comedy Life Or Something Like It starring Angelina Jolie and Ed Burns fared best, opening in third with a disappointing $6.65m. Jolie plays a hard-nosed journalist whose life changes when a clairvoyant tells her she is going to die. The movie played in 2,606 theatres with a lacklustre site average of $2,552 but scored well among female audiences questioned after the show.

Meanwhile Jason X, the latest instalment of the Friday The 13th franchise that sees a masked Jason wreak havoc in outer space, slashed its way into fourth place for New Line on $6.5m. It averaged $3,461 from 1,878 venues and is not expected to last long in the top ten since horror movie attendance typically dies off after the die-hard horror fans have turned out on opening weekend.

Columbia's Panic Room, directed by David Fincher and starring Jodie Foster, dropped to eighth place but continued to march towards the $100m mark with weekend takings of $4.2m, bringing its running total to $87.7m.

The Val Kilmer thriller The Salton Sea recorded an impressive limited release opening for Warner Brothers with $175,000 - an average of $11,667 from 15 venues. Kilmer plays a jazz musician who goes undercover to find his wife's killers. The skateboarding documentary Dogtown and Z-Boyz which charts the rise of the Venice-based Zephyr skaters and has received decent reviews, opened in 20 theatres with $111,170, a site average of $5,559.

Next week, in addition to Columbia's Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire as the web-spinning superhero, new openers are Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending from DreamWorks and the 1950s gang drama Deuces Wild, starring Stephen Dorff and Brad Renfro from United Artists.


Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend

gross/Estimated total to date

1 (1) The Scorpion King (Universal) $17.6m $60.8m

2 (2) Changing Lanes (Paramount) UIP/Mutual $9m $44.6m

3 (-) Life Or Something Like It (20th Century Fox) $6.65m --

4 (-) Jason X (New Line) New Line International $6.5m --

5 (3) Murder by Numbers (Warner Brothers) Warner Bros $6.3m $18.3m

6 (4) The Rookie (Buena Vista) BVI $5.4 million $60.6m

7 (6) Ice Age (20th Century Fox) Fox International $4.6 m $165.4m

8 (5) Panic Room (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $4.2 m $87.7m

9 (8) High Crimes (20th Century Fox) Fox International $3m $35m

10 (7) The Sweetest Thing (Columbia) Columbia TriStar $2.9 m $21.2m