CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Horror, Independent, Thrillers, Box Office, Family Films, Remakes and Sequels, Cinematical Indie, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeDespite a lack of pre-release reviews, Silent Hill drew young male audiences to the tune of $20.2 million this weekend, a total that earned it first place in the box office battle, just ahead of last week's champ, Scary Movie 4. Finishing third was the second of the week's three debuts, The Sentinel, which took in $14.6 million -- not a particularly impressive bow, but more than executives reportedly expected. Whatever their feeling about the open, the team behind The Sentinel can take some solace from the fact that they're not connected in any way to American Dreamz, which debuted in the eighth spot with a disappointing $3.7 million on 1500 screens (it earned only $2460/screen, as opposed to $6903 for Silent Hill, and $5196 for The Sentinel).
The top five was rounded out by a pair of animated films: Ice Age: The Meltdown made $12.8 million, bringing its four week total over $165 million (more than twice its budget), while The Wild took in $8.1 million in its second week of release. The full top 10 is after the jump.
1. Silent Hill, $20.2 million
2. Scary Movie 4, $17.0 million
3. The Sentinel, $14.6 million
4. Ice Age: The Meltdown, $12.8 million
5. The Wild, $8.1 million
6. The Benchwarmers, $7.3 million
7. Take the Lead, $4.2 million
8. American Dreamz, $3.7 million
8. Inside Man, $3.7 million
10. Friends With Money, $3.6 million