Sony's Tallladega Nights:The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby stayed inpole position in its second weekend at the North American box office ahead ofBuena Vista's dance drama Step Up andParamount's 9/11 drama World Trade Center.
Talladega Nights will cross $100m later this week after adding anestimated $23m for $91.2m.
Step Up, which stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, openedsuperbly well in second place despite lacklustre reviews and took $21.1m. Itwas produced by Summit Entertainmet which is also handling international sales.
Last week's news out ofLondon about the foiled terror attacks clearly didn't deter World TradeCenter's audiences. Thewell-received epic from Oliver Stone starring Nicolas Cage came in third aftera Wednesday opening and took a very respectable $19m over three days and $26.8mover five.
Dimension's harshly reviewedJapanese horror remake Pulse starringKristen Bell opened fifth on $8.5m, while Sony/Revolution's family comedy Zoom starring Tim Allen and Courteney Cox Arquette openedtwo places below on a poor $4.6m having generated atrocious write-ups.
After six weekends BuenaVista's Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ranks sixth, adding $7.2m for $392.4m, whileUniversal's Miami Vice ranksninth on $55.1m after three.
Overall box office for thetop 12 titles was up 6.4% against the same period last year, the fourthconsecutive weekend rise.
Next weekend's wide releasesare New Line's action horror romp Snakes On A Plane starring Samuel L Jackson and Kenan Thompson; and thefamily comedy Material Girls,starring Hilary and Haylie Duff which is being released through MGM.
Estimated Top Ten NorthAmerica Aug11-13, 2006
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend
gross/Estimated total todate
1 (1) Talladega Nights:The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (Sony)SPRI $23m $91.2m
2 (-) Step Up (Buena Vista) Summit $21.1m -
3 (-) World Trade Center (Paramount) UIP $19m $26.8m
4 (2) Barnyard: TheOriginal Party Animals (Paramount)UIP $10.1m $34.1m
5 (-) Pulse (Dimension) TWC $8.5m -
6 (3) Pirates Of TheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chest (BuenaVista) BVI $7.2m $392.4m
7 (-) Zoom (Sony) SPRI $4.6m Ð
8 (5) The Descent (Lionsgate) Pathe International $4.6m $17.5m
9 (4) Miami Vice (Universal) UIP $4.5m $55.1m
10 (7) Monster House (Sony) SPRI $3.3m $63.7m.