Perhaps the R&B boy band B2K should rethink that whole breakup thing. Just weeks after calling it quits as a musical act, the group saw its hip-hop movie, ”You Got Served,” top the box office with $16 million, according to studio estimates.
The No. 1 debut for ”Served” surprised many analysts, who considered it the weakest of the weekend’s three new releases. The usually dead-on predictors at boxofficemojo.com, for instance, said it would debut at No. 10 for the weekend with only $4.2 million. (EW.com did predict a No. 1 debut, although we’d guessed it’d make only $10 million.)
Second place again went to the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston comedy ”Along Came Polly,” which slipped 32 percent in its third weekend to $10.1 million. Its total now stands at $66.8 million. Ashton Kutcher’s ”The Butterfly Effect,” meanwhile, dropped 42 percent to $10 million.
Buoyed by its 11 Oscar nominations, ”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” fell only 22 percent to $5.2 million, good enough for fourth place. After seven weeks, the final film in the trilogy is now the No. 7 top domestic grosser in history, with $345.3 million. In the past week, it was able to leapfrog over ”The Two Towers” and last year’s top film, ”Finding Nemo.”
The news wasn’t so good for the week’s two other new releases. The teen thriller ”The Perfect Score,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Erika Christensen as high school students trying to steal the SATs, opened in fifth place with only $5 million, while the Owen Wilson/Morgan Freeman crime caper ”The Big Bounce” tanked with $3.3 million, placing it 13th for the weekend. Unlucky, indeed.