Michael Clayton, which had been the odds-on favorite among movie pundits to win the weekend box-office crown, Not only didn't finish in first place -- it didn't even make third place, as studio estimates had initially indicated. Clayton, it turns out, earned $10.37 million, putting it slightly behind the crime drama We Own the Night, which took in $10.83 million. Equally surprising to some writers was that the film that did top the box office charts was the low-budget Why Did I Get Married, from writer-producer-director Tyler Perry. The film raked in $21.35 million, about twice the earnings of The Game Plan, which placed second with $11.04 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Lionsgate, $21,353,789, (New); 2. The Game Plan, Disney, $11,037,505, 3 Wks. ($58,97,8,627); 3. We Own the Night, Sony, $10,826,287, (New); 4. Michael Clayton, Warner Bros., $10,373,422, 2 Wks. ($11,45,0,629); 5. The Heartbreak Kid, Paramount, $7,280,450, 2 Wks. ($25,85,6,010); 6. Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Universal, $6,153,075, (New); 7. The Kingdom, Universal, $4,608,025, 3 Wks. ($39,99,6,300); 8. Across the Universe, Sony, $3,824,988, 5 Wks. ($12,73,4,454); 9. Resident Evil: Extinction, Sony, $2,646,261, 4 Wks. ($48,06,3,414); 10. Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, 20th Century Fox, $2,212,955, 2 Wks. ($7,167,028).