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Moviegoers 'forget' to see 'Sarah Marshall'

April 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jackie Chan and Jet Li are kicking the competition at the cineplex. The movie analysis firm calculates that "The Forbidden Kingdom," a Lionsgate release, is on track to sell $20.9 million worth of tickets this weekend.

Three other debut movies premiered in the top ten list, with the heavily- marketed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" coming in at second place, with an estimated $17.3 million in North American receipts.

Two debuting movies with heavily-ideological themes both came in with very-low numbers: "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," starring Ben Stein, opened in ninth place with $3.2 million in sales.

The film had been heavily marketed to church and religious groups, similar to the blockbuster "The Passion of Christ," but has been panned by critics as a heavy-handed "conspiracy theory rant."

And "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?" opened in 16th place, with $143,000 in sales for the Weinstein Co. documentary.

Rounding out positions 3-10 are:

-- "Prom Night," Sony/Screen Gems, $9.1 million this weekend, $32.6 million over two weeks;

-- "88 Minutes," Sony/Tristar, $6.8 million in its debut weekend;

-- "Nim's Island," Fox, $5.7 million this weekend, $32.9 million over three weeks;

-- "21," Sony/Columbia, $5.5 million this weekend, $70 million over four weeks;

-- "Street Kings," Fox Searchlight, $4 million this weekend, $19.9 million over two weeks;

-- "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," Rocky Mountain, $3.2 million in its debut weekend; and

-- " Leatherheads," Universal, $3 million this weekend, $26.6 million over three weeks.

 

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