LOS ANGELES ~ Youthful fantasy 17 Again, starring US teen heartthrob Zac Efron, shot to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, final figures showed.
The film, which also stars Matthew Perry as a man whose life hasn’t turned out quite as planned, earned US$23.7 million during its first three days in theaters, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
Washington-based State of Play took an A-list cast to the second spot, raking in $14 million, also in its opening weekend.
Starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Helen Mirren, the thriller centers on reporters and police trying to solve the murder of a young lawmaker’s mistress.
Miley Cyrus vehicle Hannah Montana: The Movie, fell to third place after holding the top spot. The film version of the popular Disney TV series took in $13.4 million for a total of $56.9 million in just two weeks.
Monsters and Aliens, an animated tale of a rag-tag group of monsters who save the world from destruction, dropped one spot to fourth place, earning $13.2 million to bring its total to $163.1 million over four weeks.
Car chase movie Fast & Furious, starring Vin Diesel, earned $11.8 million, bringing total receipts to $136.2 million.
Action sequel Crank: High Voltage took in $7 million in its opening weekend for the sixth spot.
Seth Rogen’s twisted mall-cop comedy Observe and Report was in seventh place with $4.2 million, while Nicolas Cage’s time-travel action drama Knowing took in $3.6 million for eighth.
Buddy comedy I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd in search of a male best friend ahead of his impending wedding, earned $3.3 million for a total take of $64.6 million over five weeks.
Rounding out the top 12 was horror film The Haunting in Connecticut at the tenth spot with $3.1 million, followed by graphic novel-turned movie Dragonball Evolution and comedy tale Adventureland.