Forbidden Kingdom Kicks to Top of Box Office

LOS ANGELES ~ The Forbidden Kingdom, the first movie pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li, punched its way atop the North American box office on its debut weekend, industry data showed.

According to figures from Exhibitor Relations, the Hollywood production about a kung fu-obsessed US teenager who journeys to China for high-kicking high jinks raked in US$21.4 million from Friday to Sunday.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall made its debut at number two with US and Canadian takings of $17.7 million. The film, featuring British comedian Russell Brand, bills itself as “the world’s first romantic disaster comedy.”

Teen slasher flick Prom Night, a remake of a 1980 horror film, earned $8.7 million to take third spot after topping the charts on its debut the previous weekend.

Another entrant, 88 Minutes, was fourth with takings of $7 million, despite a critical mauling for Oscar-winner Al Pacino’s turn as a college professor and part-time FBI psychiatrist hunting down a killer.

Nim’s Island, a youth-oriented tropical adventure with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, came in fifth with $5.7 million.

In sixth was gambling drama 21, the former box office topper that amassed $5.5 million on its fourth week of release, trailed by police action film Street Kings, starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, with $4.2 million.

The animated Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! garnered eighth place with takings of $3.5 million.

In ninth came retro-football flick Leatherheads, starring George Clooney and Renee Zellweger, on $3 million, followed by new satirical documentary EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed, also at $3 million.

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