Thriller “Knowing” tops weekend box office in US

March 23rd, 2009 - 11:11 am ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, March 23 (Xinhua) Nicolas Cage sci-fi thriller “Knowing” topped the box office this weekend at US and Canadian theatres, generating about $24.8 million in its North American debut, according to preliminary figures.
“Knowing”, a Summit Entertainment release, is a tale of an astrophysicist who races to save the world after a prophecy of doomsday by decoding a series of numbers.

Two other new releases, Paramount’s comedy “I Love You, Man” and Universal’s spy thriller “Duplicity”, which co-stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, were in second and third places, with $18 million and $14.4 million respectively, said Los Angeles- based box office tracker Media By Numbers.

Last week’s box office leader, Disney sci-fi thriller “Race to Witch Mountain”, fell to No. 4 with $13 million in its second weekend, followed by Warner Bros.’ superhero film “Watchmen ” with $6.7 million in its third weekend.

Hollywood’s total domestic box office over the weekend was about five percent lower than that in the same frame last year, representing the second down weekend in a row this year, after the gross was down about 17 percent last week.

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