Spider-Man continued its box domination while Kissing Jessica Stein scored as effective World Cup counter-programming in a weekend that saw little change at the box office.
Spider-Man eased off 28% in its second week, a modest fall reflecting its sluggish start due to last weekend's World Cup tournament matches. The second week decline compares well with 20th Century Fox's Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones which dropped 59% in its second week. Spider-Man's gross of $6.3m also gave it the weekend's highest screen average, with an encouraging $12,532 from 509 screens. This brings Spider-Man's UK total so far to $24.8m.
The second-highest screen average belonged to 20th Century Fox's Kissing Jessica Stein. The film's success may be down to counter-programming as the romantic comedy offers an alternative to both blockbusters like Spider-Man and to the World Cup. Coming off excellent UK reviews, it opened with $153,228 from just 32 screens, averaging $4,788 per screen.
The rest of the chart saw last week's top five slip between 15% and 28%, with the exception of UIP's 40 Days And 40 Nights which fell out of the top ten as business tumbled 91%, registering a mere $188 average from 293 screens.
BVI's The Musketeer was the week's highest new entry, opening on a comparatively wide 310 screens for a disappointing total of $196,846 with a screen average of $630. Outside the top ten UIP's Hardball opened with $119,694 from 106 screens, while Entertainment's Before You Go opened to $87,504 from 65 screens.