Knowing topped the box office

March 23rd, 2009 - 4:57 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

According to the studio figures on Sunday, ‘Knowing,’ topped the North American box office this weekend with an opening tally of US$24.8 million. The all time start Nicolas proved again to be a self-fulfilling prophet of the mega complex as his latest big-screen thriller.

The sci-fi adventure, starring Cage as an astrophysicist who decodes an encrypted prophecy of global doom and races to save the world from cataclysm, marked the fifth-biggest movie opening of his career and his ninth No. 1 film since 1997.

Besides underscoring Cage’s enduring appeal as one of Hollywood’s most bankable heroes, the film’s end-of-the-world scenario seemed to offer an ideal antidote for moviegoers weary of gloomy economic news.

or 60 per cent of its audience.

‘Knowing,’ released by independent distributor Summit Entertainment, easily beat out two other movies opening in wide release - the male-bonding comedy ‘I Love You, Man’ from Paramount Pictures, and Universal Pictures’ international spy thriller ‘Duplicity,’ co-starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.

‘I Love You, Man,’ featuring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, opened at No. 2 with an estimated US$18 million in US and Canadian ticket sales for Friday through Sunday. Rudd and Segel previously appeared together in last year’s ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ which Segel wrote, and the 2007 comedy ‘Knocked Up.’ ‘Duplicity’ grossed US$14.4 million to land at No. 3 this weekend. Its co-stars, Roberts and Owen, previously appeared together in the 2004 romantic drama ‘Closer’. Last weekend’s top movie, ‘Race to Witch Mountain,’ fell to fourth place with receipts of US$13 million, while the superhero film ‘Watchmen’ rounded out the top five at US$6.7 million in its third weekend.

Horror remake ‘The Last House on the Left’ slipped three notches to No. 6 in its second weekend with US$5.9 million, while the kidnap thriller ‘Taken,’ starring Liam Neeson, grossed US$4.1 million in its eighth weekend to fall to No. 7.

The Oscar-winning rags-to-riches hit ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ eased two spots to No. 8 with US$2.7 million. That brought its domestic tally after 19 weeks to $137.2 million.

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