CATEGORIES Animation, Comedy, Drama, Independent, Thrillers, Box Office, Remakes and Sequels, Cinematical Indie, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeDespite seeing its take drop about 50% from the massive first weekend (not uncommon for big animated films), Ice Age: The Meltdown nevertheless retained the top spot and, with nearly $35 million, became the first film of 2006 to go over the $100 million mark. Taking the second spot was the latest Adam Sandler-produced brainfest, The Benchwarmers, which took in $20.5 million on about 3300 screens. Phat Girlz, the other un-reviewed debut of the weekend, struggled into the ninth spot with only $3.1 million. Though the film was shown on many fewer screens than Benchwarmers, it nevertheless scored a much smaller per-screen average, which is not a good sign. The weekend's other two new films, Take the Lead and Lucky Number Slevin, both finished in the top five, with $12.8 and $7.1 million respectively. Also notable was the film in the tenth spot, Jason Reitman's Thank You for Smoking, which took in $2.4 million on 300 screens, averaging an impressive $8000/screen.
The full top 10 is after the jump.
1. Ice Age: The Meltdown, $34.5 million
2. The Benchwarmers, $20.5 million
3. Take the Lead, $12.8 million
4. Inside Man, $9.2 million
5. Lucky Number Slevin, $7.1 million
6. Failure to Launch, $4.1 million
7. ATL, $3.75 million
8. V for Vendetta, $3.4 million
9. Phat Girlz, $3.1 million
10. Thank You for Smoking, $2.4 million