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
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
The remake of comedy classic The Ladykillers, starring Tom Hanks,
premiered in second place with $13 million (GBP7.2 million).
Jersey Girl, with Ben Affleck as a widower raising a daughter and a cameo
by Jennifer Lopez as his wife, debuted at number five with $8.3 million (GBP4.6
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
Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ held solidly at number three with
$12.5 million (GBP6.9 million), pushing its total to $315 million (GBP175
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).
In limited release, Nicole Kidman's DOGVILLE opened well with $90,000
(GBP50,000) at nine theatres in New York City and Los Angeles.