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Box Office Review: Ah, shit! The Rock is bankable!

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In yet another blow to the human race, Dwayne Johnson's The Game Plan was this weekend's box-office champ, taking in a richly undeserved 22.6 million dollars in its debut. You know what that means--an even worse sequel (assuming that's possible) is virtually certain to be made. Let's hope it goes straight to DVD and doesn't rob theater space from better, less life-affirming movies. In second place, also in its first weekend, was Peter Berg's The Kingdom which brought in a decent 17.6M and was probably hurt by mediocre reviews.

Resident Evil: Extinction dropped precipitously in its second weekend (-66%) but managed to take third place with an even 8M (36.7M). Good Luck Chuck followed with 6.3M (23.5M) while 3:10 to Yuma continued to linger with a 4.1M weekend (43.9M). After that it was The Brave One (3.7M, 30.8M), Mr. Woodcock (3.0M, 19.6M), Eastern Promises (2.8M, 11.2M), Sydney White (2.6M, 8.5M) and Across the Universe (2.0M, 5.5M).

Already a critical dud, Feast of Love proved to be a box-office one too with a poor 1.7M opening. In limited release, The Darjeeling Limited was a supernova, averaging $70,000 in 2 theaters while Lust, Caution was almost as good with $61,700 in a single venue. Trade disappointed with a very weak $114,000 in 90 theaters.

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