LOS ANGELES ~ Surrogate motherhood comedy Baby Mama delivered the top draw of the North American box office at the weekend, according to final industry figures.
The movie, which netted US$17.4 million in its debut weekend according to Exhibitor Relations, stars former Saturday Night Live comedians Tina Fey as a career woman who learns she is infertile and Amy Poehler as her madcap surrogate.
Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay, landed in the second spot with $14.9 million in its first weekend.
The sequel to 2004 Harry and Kumar go to White Castle sees stoner buddies played by John Cho and Kal Penn landing in the notorious Guantanamo jail after being mistaken for terrorists on a plane.
The Forbidden Kingdom, the first movie pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li, about a kung fu-obsessed US teenager who journeys to China for high-kicking hijinks, dropped to the third spot with $11.2 million.
In fourth place with $11 million was Forgetting Sarah Marshall, billed as “the world’s first romantic disaster comedy,” starring British comedian Russell Brand.
Nim’s Island, a youth-oriented tropical adventure with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, retained fifth place with $4.54 million.
Teen slasher flick Prom Night, a remake of a 1980 horror film, earned $4.4 million to take sixth spot, two weekends after it topped the charts.
In seventh place was gambling drama 21, another former box office topper that raked in $4 million on its fifth week of release.
In eighth place with $3.6 million was 88 Minutes, starring Oscar-winner Al Pacino as a college professor and part-time FBI psychiatrist hunting down a killer.
The animated Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! earned ninth place with takings of $2.5 million in its eighth week out.
And opening up in 10th position with $2.3 million was thriller Deception, starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor as an accountant who joins a mysterious sex club where he becomes entangled in a woman’s disappearance.