Air-conditioned multiplexes were the place to be as the new comedies Kung Fu Panda and You Don't Mess With The Zohan generated sparkling debuts attracting a combined $100M in opening weekend ticket sales powering the marketplace to the second biggest June weekend in box office history.
Harrison Ford scored his first number one opening in eight years with the much-hyped adventure sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which dominated moviegoing over the Memorial Day holiday weekend grossing more than all other films in the marketplace combined.
Could moviegoers be holding their dollars for Indy? Disney's heavily-hyped fantasy sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian seized control of the box office throne, but attracted far less business than expected and even fell short of matching its predecessor's bow.
This week at the movies, we've got fast cars (Speed Racer, starring Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci), marital mishaps (What Happens in Vegas, starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz), and battle royals (David Mamet's Redbelt, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor). What do the critics have to say?
Paramount Pictures and its baby mama Marvel Studios were the proud parents of an explosive new movie franchise as the super hero film Iron Man blasted off to jaw-dropping ticket sales around the world officially kicking off the summer blockbuster season.
The females beat the males this week as Baby Mama outdueled Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay for the top spot at the box office in this, the final weekend before the summer movie season kicks off.
Audiences were fired up for the first-ever showdown between martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li as their new fantasy actioner The Forbidden Kingdom opened at number one at theaters across North America.
Teen girls seized control of the North American box office powering the horror remake Prom Night to number one. Adult men settled for the runnerup spot with the Keanu Reeves cop thriller Street Kings as the overall box office failed to generate any kind of notable heat. The marketplace has now trailed last year's grosses during eight of the last nine weekends.
Despite the launches of three new wide releases, the blackjack drama 21 held onto the number one spot at the North American box office during a sluggish session that saw some of the worst grosses of the year.
Families ruled over the Easter holiday frame as the G-rated laughs of the Dr. Suess toon Horton Hears a Who once again proved to be the most popular game in town. The Fox hit spent a second week at number one and fended off competition from a handful of new films. Among the new releases, films with multicultural casts delivered the most impressive averages.
North American film fans heard the call of the elephant and stampeded to the box office to see the animated Dr. Seuss pic Horton Hears a Who, which enjoyed the largest opening weekend of the year so far.
Moviegoers went back in time and powered the prehistoric adventure 10,000 B.C. to the top spot at the North American box office making it the latest film panned by critics to shoot straight to number one with the paying public.
Will Ferrell scored another number one hit but attracted smaller-than-expected crowds to his new basketball comedy Semi-Pro leading the North American box office to slump to its worst showing in three months.