A lot more surprising than the outcome of any wrestling match, The Game Plan earned an estimated $22.7 million at the box office over the weekend, beating the hands-down favorite, The Kingdom, which came in at $17.7 million. The Kingdom earned about as much as analysts had predicted, but some of them doubted that The Game Plan, which stars former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, would even take in half as much as it eventually did. A third newcomer, Feast of Love, was more famine than feast as it settled for just $1.8 million and failed even to make the top-ten list. Last week's No. 1 film, Resident Evil: Extinction dropped by two-thirds, taking in just $8 million. Two films opening only in New York produced outstanding results. The Darjeeling Limited, with Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, earned $140,000 in just two theaters, making its $70,000-per-theater average the best of the year. Taking in only slightly less than that was the Ang Lee NC-17-rated Lust, Caution, which played in just one theater and earned $61,700.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Media by Numbers:
1. The Game Plan, $22.7 million; 2. The Kingdom, $17.7 million; 3. Resident Evil: Extinction, $8 million; 4. Good Luck Chuck, $6.3 million; 5. 3:10 to Yuma, $4.2 million; 6. The Brave One, $3.8 million; 7. Mr. Woodcock, $3 million; 8. Eastern Promises, $2.9 million; 9. Sydney White, $2.7 million; 10. Across the Universe, $2.05 million.




01/10/2007