The weekend's only new wide release, Couples Retreat, capitalized on its cast and bright-colored marketing to the tune of $35 million -- a strong October bow, and par for the course for Vince Vaughn, who can open a rom-com like nobody's business. Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair opened at 186 screens and lurks down at number 14 with just over a million bucks. I must admit it's hard to come up with a good analogy to a doc about black women's hair directed by a superstar comedian, box-office-wise. Maybe Dave Chappelle's Block Party? ($6.2 million on 1200 screens, with a similar per-screen average.)
The holdovers did respectably, with the possible exception of The Invention of Lying. Ricky Gervais's subversive comedy took a 52% hit, though it will still end up beating Gervais's last stateside star vehicle, Ghost Town. Zombieland, this fall's little horror comedy that could, held up quite well in second place, approaching $50 million after two weeks. And I wonder if Disney will hold true to its promise to pull the 3-D Toy Story double feature out of theaters after this week; the movies are still doing well, dropping less than 40% and pulling in $7.7 million in their second re-release weekend.
The full top 10 after the jump.
1 - Couples Retreat (Universal) - $35.34 ($11,780) - $35.34
2 - Zombieland (Sony) - $15.00 ($4,937) - $47.80
3 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony) - $12.00 ($4,011) - $96.25
4 - Toy Story / Toy Story 2 (Disney) - $7.67 ($4,380) - $22.68
5 - Paranormal Activity (Paramount) - $7.07 ($44,163) - $8.28
6 - Surrogates (Touchstone) - $4.12 ($1,375) - $32.57
7 - The Invention of Lying (Warner Bros.) - $3.37 ($1,933) - $12.33
8 - Whip It (Fox Searchlight) - $2.80 ($1,611) - $8.77
9 - Capitalism: A Love Story (Overture) - $2.70 ($2,714) - $9.10
10 - Fame (MGM) - $2.56 ($822) - $20.04
Next week: Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are, and two genre film underdogs: Law Abiding Citizen and the remake of The Stepfather.