Box Office Report

'I' Caramba!

A box office machine, Will Smith reigns this weekend. The ''I, Robot'' star wins out yet again with another blockbuster flick

Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, ... | THREE'S COMPANY Smith, with backup Bridget Moynahan and ''Robot''
THREE'S COMPANY Smith, with backup Bridget Moynahan and ''Robot''

The King of July has returned. Will Smith's ''I, Robot'' slaughtered the competition this weekend, premiering with a strong $52.3 million, according to studio estimates. One year ago this exact weekend, Smith's "Bad Boys II" claimed the top spot with $46.5 million, and in previous years he's ruled the July multiplexes with "Independence Day" and both "Men in Black" films.

Meanwhile, after owning the pole position for the last two weeks, "Spider-Man 2" slipped 46 percent to $24.2 million. After 19 days, the mega-sequel has grossed $301.7 million, taking one more day to cross the $300 mark than the record-holder, "Shrek 2."

The weekend's other new wide release, Hilary Duff's "A Cinderella Story," placed third with a decent $13.8 million. That's a bit less than the $17.3 million debut of Duff's last starring vehicle, "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," in May 2003.

Rounding out the top five were "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," which fell 53 percent in its second week to $13.4 million, and "Fahrenheit 9/11," which slipped 37 percent to $7 million for a four-week total of $93.8 million. In the coming week, look for Michael Moore's controversial film to become the first $100 million-grossing documentary ever.

Originally posted Jul 18, 2004
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