Universal's comedy The40-Year-Old Virgin held on to topspot over the weekend as it stayed marginally ahead of a solid debut byDimension's The Brothers Grimm,the latest picture to issue from Miramax's end-of-term conveyor belt.
The only other opener in thetop 10 was Screen Gems' The Cavein sixth place, as overall box office slumped once again to trail the sameweekend of last year by approximately 2.5%.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin added an estimated $16.4m for a $48.7m runningtotal. Grimm, which stars MattDamon and Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's take on the legendary fairy tales,opened to below-par reviews in second place on $15.1m, averaging $4,889 on3,870 screens.
DreamWorks' thriller RedEye slipped one place to third on$10.4m for $32.7m after two weekends. Paramount's drama Four Brothers ranks fourth on $55.3m after three and New Line'scomedy smash Wedding Crashersranks fifth on $187.7m after seven.
Warner Independent Pictures'pound-for-pound hit of the year March Of The Penguins continued to forge ahead and added $4.6m for $55.7mto rank seventh after 10 weekends.
The Cave, which stars Cole Hauser and Screen Gems favouriteMorris Chestnut as members of an exploration team that encounters subterraneanhorrors, opened in sixth place on $6.2m. The disappointing debut was compoundedby poor reviews and the picture averaged a poor $2,824 on 2,195 screens.
The top 12 pictures combinedfor $82.8m, down 2.5% against the same weekend of 2004.
Next weekend is Labor Dayand the wide releases are Fox's actioner The Transporter 2, Warner Bros' long-delayed Franchise Pictures sci-fipic A Sound Of Thunder, FocusFeatures' upscale thriller The Constant Gardener starring Ralph Fiennes and Miramax's weekly release
Estimated Top Ten US Aug26-28 2005
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (1) The 40-Year-OldVirgin (Universal) UIP $16.4m $48.7m
2 (-) The Brothers Grimm (Miramax) Miramax Int'l/BVI $15.1m
3 (2) Red Eye (DreamWorks) UIP $10.4m $32.7m
4 (3) Four Brothers (Paramount) UIP $7.8m $55.3m
5 (4) Wedding Crashers (New Line) New Line Int'l $6.3m $187.7m
6 (-) The Cave (Screen Gems) Lakeshore International $6.2m
7 (6) March Of ThePenguins (WiP) Wild Bunch $4.6m$55.7m
8 (5) Skeleton Key (Universal) UIP $4.4m $37.9m
9 (8) Valiant (Disney) Odyssey Entertainment $3.4m $11.6m
10 (7) The Dukes OfHazzard (Warner Bros) Warner BrosPictures Int'l $3m $74.4m