Buena Vista/Pixar's Cars remained in pole position in its second weekend onan estimated $31.2m, despite respectable debuts for Paramount's comedy NachoLibre on $27.5m in second place andUniversal's The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift in third on $24.1m.
Overall business climbed forthe fifth consecutive weekend as the top 12 titles grossed $139.1m, up 7%against the same weekend last year.
Cars now stands at $114.5m and had just too much in thetank for Nacho Libre, Jared Hess'predictably idiosyncratic follow-up to Napoleon Dynamite that stars Jack Back as a Mexican priest whoharbours ambitions of becoming a champion wrestler. Ana De La Reguera andHector Jiminez also star.
The third instalment in the FastAnd The Furious franchise starsLucas Black as an American tearaway who falls into the Tokyo drift racingscene. Bow Wow, Nathalie Kelley and Brian Tee co-star and promising filmmakerJustin Lim directed.
Opening some way off thepace in fourth place on $13.7m was Warner Bros' romance The Lake House starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock anddirected by Alejandro Agresti. One place behind on $7.2m was Fox's familysequel Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, which stars Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt and the voice of BillMurray. Tim Hill directed.
Further down the top 10,Fox's X-Men: The Last Standranked seventh on $7.2m for $215.5m after four weekends, while Sony's The DaVinci Code ranks ninth on $198.5mafter five. Fox's The Omenfinished eighth and stands at $46.9m after two.
IFC's documentary andpopular Sundance acquisition Wordplay, which profiles New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and followscrossword championship hopefuls, opened in limited release in two New Yorktheatres on $34,959. IFC will expand the release on Friday.
Next weekend's wide releasesare Sony's comedy Click, whichstars Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale, and Rogue Pictures' crime thriller WaistDeep starring Tyrese Gibson.
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (1) Cars (Buena Vista/Pixar) BVI $31.2m $114.5m
2 (-) Nacho Libre (Paramount) UIP $27.5m Ð
4 (-) The Lake House (Warner Bros) WBPI/Village Roadshow $13.7m
5 (2) The Break-Up (Universal) UIP $9.5m $91.9m
6 (-) Garfield: A Tale OfTwo Kitties (Fox) Fox Int'l $7.2m
7 (3) X-Men: The LastStand (Fox) Fox Int'l $7.2m $215.5m
8 (4) The Omen (Fox) Fox Int'l $5.4m $46.9m
9 (6) The Da Vinci Code (Sony) SPRI $5m $198.5m
10 (5) Over The Hedge (Paramount) UIP $4m $138.8m