Clapboard: Knowing Tops Box Office

LOS ANGELES ~ Knowing, a sci-fi action thriller starring Nicolas Cage, made its debut over the weekend at the top of the box office with US$24.6 million in ticket sales, final industry figures showed.

Directed and written by Alex Proyas, maker of I, Robot, the film tracks astrophysicist John Koestler (Cage) in his race to ward off disasters predicted by a coded 1959 time capsule.

I Love You, Man, opened with $17.8 million in ticket sales over the weekend, making it the second top grosser, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

This buddy comedy, or bromance, exploits wedding tensions as metrosexual bridegroom Paul Rudd is befriended by wild man Jason Segel.

Third place at the box office went to another new release, Duplicity, a caper film featuring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen as romantically entangled corporate spies. It racked up $14 million in ticket sales.

Last week’s number-one grosser, the adventure and science fiction family flick Race To Witch Mountain, slipped to fourth place with $12.8 million. The Disney production was inspired by the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain.

Behind it in fifth place with $6.8 million was Watchmen, which follows the lives of superheroes in an alternate 1985 America in Director Zack Snyder’s faithful adaptation of Allan Moore’s classic graphic novel.

The House on the Left, a remake of a 1972 Wes Craven horror flick, scored $5.8 million at the box office, putting it in sixth place.

Seventh was the thriller Taken with $4.1 million, ahead of multi-Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, which pulled down $2.7 million.

Tyler Perry’s comedy Madea Goes to Jail, dropped to ninth place with $2.6 million in box office sales, followed by Coraline with $2.1 million.

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