The broad appeal of Sony'scomedy Guess Who packed too muchof a punch for Warner Bros' poorly received comedy sequel Miss Congeniality2: Armed And Fabulous at the Easter weekend,opening top of the North American charts on an estimated $21m.
Ashton Kutcher and BernieMac's banter in the loose remake of 1967's epochal Guess Who's Coming ToDinner opened to mixed reviews butaveraged a strong $6,673 on 3,147 screens.
Meanwhile audiences andcritics were unsure about Sandra Bullock's reprised role as the undercover FBIagent from her 2000 worldwide smash. The picture opened in second place on$14.5m over three days for a $4,488 average on 3,233 screens, and grossed$17.6m since launching on Thursday.
Last weekend's champion,DreamWorks' horror sequel The Ring Two, fell 60% and two places to third on $13.8m for a $58.1m domesticrunning total, while Fox/Blue Sky's animated family picture Robots fell two to fourth on $87.4m after three weekends.
Buena Vista's family title ThePacifier is headed for $100m afterit raised its cumulative total to $86.3m after four weekends, Sony's worldwidehit romantic comedy Hitch fellone to sixth on $4.3m for $166.5m after seven weekends.
The thriller Hostage, released through Miramax in North America,continued its steady decline finishing seventh on $26.2m after three weekends.
Next weekend's wide releasesinclude the comic book adaptation Sin City through Dimension starring Clive Owen and BruceWillis, among others; and MGM's comedy Beauty Shop, which stars Queen Latifah.
Estimated Top Ten US Mar25-27 2005
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (-) Guess Who (Columbia) SPRI/Regency $21m -
2 (-) Miss Congeniality2: Armed And Fabulous (Warner Bros)Warner Bros Int'l $14.5m $17.6m
3 (1) The Ring Two (DreamWorks) UIP $13.8m $58.1m
4 (2) Robots (Fox) Fox International $13m $87.4m
5 (3) The Pacifier (Buena Vista) BVI/Spyglass $8.5m $86.3m
6 (5) Hitch (Sony) SPRI $4.3m $166.5m
7 (6) Hostage (Miramax) Syndicate $4.1m $26.2m
8 (4) Ice Princess (Buena Vista) BVI $3.7m $13.3m
9 (7)Be Cool (MGM) Fox International$2.9m $52.4m
10 (8) Million DollarBaby (Warner Bros) Lakeshore $2.6m$94.2m