Scooby-Doo 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED has leaped to the top of the American box office, after taking in $30.7 million (GBP17 million) on its opening weekend (26-29MAR04).
While the movie, starring Hollywood couple Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr, clinched the top spot easily, its revenue is 43 per cent below the $54.2 million (GBP30.1 million) debut the first SCOOBY-DOO managed in June 2002.
The Ladykillers and Jersey Girl each played in fewer than half the number of theatres as Scooby-Doo 2. Playing in 1,583 theatres, the Ladykillers averaged $8,214 (GBP4,563), while Jersey Girl raked in $5,462 (GBP3,304) in 1,520 cinemas.
The previous weekend's top movie, Dawn of the Dead, tumbled to fourth place with $10.3 million (GBP5.7 million), while DMX's NEVER DIE ALONE debuted disappointingly at number 11 with $3.1 million (GBP1.7 million).