Although the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Anniston romantic comedy Along Came Polly opened with the Top 15's best screen average ($6,384) and sold almost 400,000 tickets in its four days, this was not enough to unseat Scary Movie 3 from the top spot.
The genre parody saw its gross slip 50% week-on-week but added another $3.6m at the weekend for its current tally of $12.26m. The only other new entry in the Top 15 this week was Senator's release of Lars Buechel's Erbsen Auf Halb 6 which attracted just over 45,000 cinemagoers to post $356,379 from its 133 prints.
This week will see all eyes directed on Fatih Akin's Golden Bear winner Head-On (Gegen Die Wand) whose release date was brought forward from the originally planned opening of April 22 to March 11 to benefit from the buzz surrounding the Berlinale triumph (and, some cynics claim, also from the publicity from tabloid newspaper "revelations" about lead actress Sibel Kekilli's past in adult movies).
The new scheduling of Akin's film will have a negative knock-on effect on the chances for Kool Film's release of the French film The Butterfly this week and Kim Ki-Duk's Spring, Summer, Autumn.. on March 18, a dozen arthouse distributors argued in an open letter to Head-On's distributor timebandits.