Clapboard : Eastwood’s Gran Torino Shoots to Top

LOS ANGELES ~ Clint Eastwood’s film Gran Torino shot to the top of the North American box office at the weekend, figures showed.

The 78-year-old directs and stars as a Korean War veteran who befriends a troubled Hmong youth who tried to steal his car, a Ford Gran Torino.

The film brought in US$29.5 million over the weekend for a total of $40.5 million since it began showing in select theatres four weeks ago.

The debut comedy Bride Wars took $21 million for the second slot with its tale of feuding friends (Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson) who each try to sabotage the other’s wedding after it is scheduled on the same day.

Another debut, The Unborn, came in third with $19.8 million, featuring a woman who is haunted by a spirit that may be her unborn twin.

The life-with-a-dog saga, Marley and Me, starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson slid to fourth place after weeks on top, bringing in $11.4 million for a total of $123.7 million since its Christmas debut.

The cinematic reversal featuring Aniston’s ex-flame Brad Pitt as a man who is born old and gets younger with time, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, followed close behind with $9.2 million.
In sixth place with $8.8 million was Disney’s Bedtime Stories, starring comedian Adam Sandler.

Tom Cruise’s Nazi war epic Valkyrie, about a German officer’s bid to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944, brought in $6.6 million for seventh place.

Jim Carrey’s comedy Yes Man hung on to the top 10 with $6 million for eighth place, amassing a total of $89.3 million since it first hit theatres.

Not Easily Broken, a drama about a difficult marriage based on a novel by real-life Texas pastor T.D. Jakes, took in $5.3 million in its opening weekend, taking ninth place.

In 10th was Will Smith’s drama Seven Pounds, bringing in $3.8 million.

The big winner from Sunday’s Golden Globes, Slumdog Millionaire, was just outside the top 10 in 11th spot.

The film, which won four awards at the Globes and is considered an early favorite for next month’s Oscars, took $3.8 million for a total $34.1 of million since its release.

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