(AFP) – Sep 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — A critically acclaimed remake of western "3:10 to Yuma" topped the North American box-office at the weekend, outgunning slasher flick "Halloween," final figures showed on Monday.
Director James Mangold's masterful re-telling of the 1957 original raked in 14 million dollars in its opening weekend, box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations said, with audiences drawn by positive reviews for lead actors Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as duelling gunslingers.
The film relegated another remake, "Halloween", to second spot. Rob Zombie's updated version of the John Carpenter classic netted 9.5 million dollars in its second week of release.
In third spot was raunchy teenage comedy "Superbad", with 7.5 million dollars, taking the surprise hit past the 100 million dollar barrier and pipping violent thriller "Shoot-Em-Up" starring Clive Owen, which took 5.7 million.
Fifth place was occupied by "The Bourne Ultimatum", the third instalment of the franchise featuring Matt Damon as amnesiac super-assassin Jason Bourne which has earned 210 million dollars in six weeks.
Just behind "Bourne" was spoof table-tennis comedy "Balls of Fury", with 5.6 million dollars.
"Rush Hour 3", the third film featuring Hong Kong star Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, was seventh with 4.8 million dollars, nudging out another comedy "Mr Bean's Holiday" into eighth spot with 3.4 million.
Rounding out the top 12 were "The Nanny Diaries" (3.2 million); "Stardust" (1.8 million); "Hairspray" (1.7 million) and "Death Sentence" (1.6 million).
The total take of the top 12 films was 20 percent higher than the same weekend last year, making it Hollywood's ninth "up" weekend in a row, the Exhibitor Relations figures showed.
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