Universal's video gameadaptation Doom met with futileresistance as it smashed its way to the top of the charts on an estimated$15.4m in a weekend that saw ticket sales plunge for the fourth consecutive weekend.
Andrzej Bartkowiak directedthe high-octane story in which Karl Urban and The Rock lead a Marine unit on adeadly mission to contain a Martian research station overrun by mutants.
The picture played mostly to male teens and according to exit polls 69% ofviewers had played the bestselling video game. Doom averaged $5,053 on 3,044 screens and drew poor reviews.
DreamWorks' drama Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story opened to good reviews in second place on$9.3m for a $4,633 average on 2,007 screens.
Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning star as a father-daughter team who train aninjured horse to compete in the Breeders' Cup Classic. John Gatinsdirected.
Two other major launches opened lower down the charts in a lacklustreweekend that saw the top 12 titles combine for $71.3m, a fall of 27% againstthe same weekend in 2004 when The Grudge opened at number one on $39m.
Warner Bros' sexual harassment drama
The drama received very strong write-ups and averaged $2,532 on 2,555 screens.Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacekand Sean Bean also star.
Twentieth Century Fox's psychological drama Stayflopped in 13th place on $2.2m. Marc Forster's latest outing stars Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Ryan Gosling and centres on a psychologist's client whose alarmingpredictions come true.
DreamWorks Animation's Wallace& Gromit slipped one place to third on $8.7mfor $44m after three weekends, one place ahead of last weekend's champion
In limited release Buena Vista's romantic comedy
Next weekend's wide releases are: Lions Gate's horror sequel
Estimated Top Ten US Oct 21-23 2005
Film (Distributor)/Internationaldistribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimated total to date
1 (-) Doom (Universal) UIP $15.4m -
2 (-) Dreamer: Inspired By A TrueStory (DreamWorks) Hyde Park Entertainment $9.3m -
3 (2) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (DreamWorksAnimation) UIP $8.7m $44m
4 (1) The Fog (Sony/Revolution)SPRI $7.3m $21.5m
5 (-) North Country (Warner Bros)WBIP $6.5m -
6 (3) Elizabethtown (Paramount)UIP $5.7m $18.9m
7 (4) Flightplan(Buena Vista) BVI $4.7m $77.3m
8 (5) In Her Shoes (Fox) FoxInt'l $3.9m $26.2m
9 (8) A History Of Violence (NewLine) NLI $2.7m $26.3m
10 (7) Two For The Money(Universal/Morgan Creek) UIP/Morgan Creek International $2.4m $20.7m