Clapboard: Night at the Museum Claims Top Spot

LOS ANGELES ~ The all-star cast of comedy Night at the Museum brought movie theatres to life as it topped weekend box office sales across North America.

The reboot – subtitled Battle of the Smithsonian – finds Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais undertaking more nighttime museum adventures, this time in Washington, bringing in just over US$70 million in its opening weekend, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

In second came another rematch, Terminator: Salvation, starring Welsh-born actor Christian Bale in the post-apocalyptic role of a resistance leader fighting power-hungry machines, taking just over $65.3 million in box office receipts, also in its first weekend.

At number three was another franchise flick, the critically acclaimed blockbuster Star Trek, which stays near the top of the box office, beaming up $22.89 million in its third weekend.

Rounding out the franchise reboots was Angels and Demons – sequel to the hit 2006 thriller The Da Vinci Code. Directed by Ron Howard and with Tom Hanks reprising his starring turn, Angels took fourth place with $21.7 million.

In its first weekend, Dance Flick, a predictably plotted dance-themed movie about a street dancer from the wrong side of the tracks bonding with a beautiful girl to battle it out at a dance competition, took fifth place with $10.6 million.

Superhero spinoff X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which claimed the best debut of the year three weekends earlier with $87 million, netted just $8 million for a distant sixth place.

In seventh was romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, earning $3.8 million, also in its fourth week.

Superstar singer Beyonce’s taut thriller Obsessed slipped three spots to eighth with $2 million, while Monsters vs Aliens, an animated tale of a rag-tag group of monsters who save the world from destruction, came in ninth with $1.9 million in receipts.

Youthful fantasy 17 Again, starring US teen idol Zac Efron, fell three places to round out the top 10, with a $1-million take.

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