The allure of Brad Pitt andAngelina Jolie proved irresistible to North American audiences over the weekendas the comedy thriller Mr And Mrs Smith opened top on an estimated $51.1m.
Doug Liman's spy romp abouttwo married assassins who rekindle their romance when they discover each other's identities opened togenerally good reviews and averaged a strong $14,909 in 3,424 theatres.
However it still wasn'tenough to prevent overall box office falling against last year for the 16thconsecutive weekend.
DreamWorks' Madagascar slipped to second place on $17.1m for $128.3m after three weekends, while EpisodeIII stayed in third place on $14.9mfor $332.1m after its fourthweekend on release through 20th Century Fox.
Paramount's prison comedyremake The Longest Yard slippedtwo to fourth in its third weekend for a$118.1m cumulative total, while Dimension's latest Robert Rodriguez children'spicture, The Adventures Of Sharkboy & Lavagirl In 3D,opened in fifth on $12.5m.
George Lopez, Kristen Davis,Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dooley star in the story of imaginary friends whocome to life and take a lonely boy on an adventure. Sharkboy drew mostly negative reviews.
Universal's early awardscontender Cinderella Man droppedtwo to sixth on $9.5m for $34.5m after two weekends, a disappointing result forstudio executives who were hoping for strong word of mouth to keep the dramaaloft in the coming weeks.
Opening in seventh place on$5.8m was Paramount's television remake The Honeymooners, acomedy starring Cedric The Entertainer as a well-intentioned husband whose get-rich-quick schemegoes wrong. It averaged $3,033 in 1,912theatres and failed to impress the critics.
Rounding out the bottomthree places were Warner Bros' The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants on $23.7m, New Line's Monster In Law on $76.5m, and Lions Gate's Crash on$44.3m.
Japanese animator HayaoMiyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle openedthrough Buena Vista to very strong reviews and grossed $401,000 in 36 theatresfor an $11,139 per-site average.
Next weekend's wide releasesare Warner Bros' Batman Begins starringChristian Bale, and Universal's romantic comedy The Perfect Man starring Hilary Duff.
Estimated Top Ten US Jun10-12 2005
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend
gross/Estimated total todate
1 (-) Mr And Mrs Smith (Fox/Regency) Fox International/Regency/Summit Entertainment $51.1m -
2 (1) Madagascar (DreamWorks) UIP $17.1m $128.3m
3 (3) Star Wars: EpisodeIII - Revenge Of The Sith (Fox) FoxInt'l $14.9m $332.1m
4 (2) The Longest Yard (Paramount) SPRI $13.5m $118.1m
5 (-) The Adventures OfSharkboy & Lavagirl in 3D (Miramax)SPRI $12.5m -
6 (4) Cinderella Man (Universal) BVI $9.5m $34.5m
7 (-) The Honeymooners (Paramount) UIP $5.8m -
8 (5) The Sisterhood OfThe Traveling Pants (Warner Bros)Summit Entertainment $5.7m $23.7m
9 (7) Monster-In-Law (New Line) New Line Int'l $2.6m $76.5m
10 (8) Crash (Lions Gate) Syndicate Films Int'l $1.9m $44.3m