Revolution StudiosC; supernatural thriller The Forgotten went straight to the top of the chartson an estimated $22m at the weekend, a quiet weekend that saw FoxC;s FirstDaughter disappoint infourth place and a top 10 opening for Shaun Of The Dead, the first release from Focus FeaturesC;genre arm Rogue Pictures.
The Forgotten stars Julianne Moore as a grieving mother who must prove that herdead son actually existed. Joseph RubenC;s picture, which drew mixed reviews,also stars Dominic West and Gary Sinise. It averaged $7,087 on 3,104 screens.
In First Daughter, which opened on $4m to poor reviews, Katie Holmes plays thePresidentC;s daughter who falls for her young bodyguard while attending college.
Marc Blucas and Michael Keaton star in the romantic comedy whichwas directed by Forest Whitaker. It averaged $1,770 on 2,259 screens.
Shaun Of The Dead, which opened eighth on $3.3m, is the brainchild of Britishcomedian Simon Pegg, who co-wrote with directed Edgar Wright and stars as alovelorn antihero who must overcome the dastardly forces of undead thatthreaten to take over London.
It was a fine debut and a memorable maiden voyage for RoguePictures, FocusC; genre label that will follow up with Seed Of Chucky in November.
Elsewhere, ParamountC;s SkyCaptain & The World of Tomorrow slippedone place to second on $6.7m for $25.6m in its second weekend, Buena VistaC;s Mr3000 fell one to third on $5m for $15.4m inits second weekend, and Screen GemsC; Resident Evil: Apocalypse slipped two to fifth on $4m for $43.4m in its thirdweekend.
Overall it was a slow weekend in which all titles combined for$73m, down roughly 22% on the same period last year, with The Forgotten accounting for 30% of ticket sales.
Next weekendC;s wide releases are: Buena VistaC;s firefighting dramaLadder 49 starringJohn Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix; DreamWorksC; animated title Shark Tale, starring the voice talents of WillSmith, Jack Black, Renee Zellweger et al; and Lions GateC;s horror tale Saw, which stars Cary Elwes and DannyGlover.
Estimated Top Ten US Sept 24-26
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (-) The Forgotten (Columbia/Revolution Studios) CTFDI $22m -
2 (1) Sky Captain & The World Of Tomorrow (Paramount) FilmAuro/Various $6.7m$25.6m
3 (2) Mr 3000 (Buena Vista) BVI $5m $15.4m
4 (-) First Daughter (Fox) Fox IntC;l $4m -
5 (3) Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Screen Gems) Summit/Intermedia $4m$43.4m
6 (5) Cellular (New Line) NLI $3.7m $25.1m
7 (4) Wimbledon (Universal) UIP/StudioCanal $3.4m $12.2m
8 (-) Shaun Of The Dead (Focus/Working Title) UIP $3.3m -
9 (6) Without A Paddle (Paramount) UIP $2.4m $53.5m
10 (7) Hero (Miramax) Focus Features $2.3m $49.2m