Brad Pitt's ancient epic Troy is sat atop the American box office, after raking in $45.6 million (GBP25.3 million) during its opening weekend.

Although Troy fell short of the $50 million (GBP27.7 million) benchmark viewed informally in Hollywood as the "pass grade" for a summer popcorn movie, movie studio Warner BROS notes that it is R-rated and two hours, 40 minutes long, limiting its audience on two counts.

Director Wolfgang Petersen's $200 million (GBP110 million) adaptation of HOMER's THE ILIAD ranks as the number two R-rated non-sequel of all time, behind rapper Eminem's 8 MILE, which opened to $51 million (GBP28.3 million) in November 2002.

Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale's movie VAN HELSING slipped to number two with $20.1 million (GBP11.6 million), followed by Mean Girls in third place with $10.1 million (GBP5.6 million) and Jamie Foxx's comedy BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES, which debuted in fourth position with $5.3 million (GBP2.9 million).

17/05/2004 13:49