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Box Office Breakdown:  The Game Plan Scores the Win

The Game Plan

The execs at Disney must be loving themselves this week.  Not only are are they attached to one of hottest concert tours of the year, they have just taken a surprise win at the box office.  Although many had predicted good things for the terrorism thriller, The Kingdom, a simple father/daughter bonding film moved theatergoers this weekend.

At $22.9 million, The Game Plan took in almost $6 million more than the / vehicle. The movie about a football player who meets the daughter he never knew he had (how exactly is that a Disney storyline?) gave “The Rock” his second best opening (behind 2002’s The Scorpion King).

Meanwhile, Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe made its first entry into the Top 10.  After several weeks in limited release, the musical—which uses 33 Beatles songs to tell its story—will expand into more theaters come October 12th. 

1. The Game Plan, Disney, $22,950,971
2. The Kingdom, Universal, $17,135,055
3. Resident Evil: Extinction, Sony, $8,036,405
4. Good Luck Chuck, Lionsgate, $6,244,066
5. 3:10 to Yuma, Lionsgate, $4,208,366
6. The Brave One, Warner Bros., $3,719,285
7. Mr. Woodcock, New Line, $2,947,402
8. Eastern Promises, Focus Features, $2,938,847
9. Sydney White, Universal, $2,569,515
10. Across the Universe, Revolution Studios, $2,016,224

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