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Box Office Review: That's just my Baby Mama

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My love, there's only you in my life. The only thing that's pride. | Photo courtesy of Universal

In a bit of a surprise, the surrogate pregnancy comedy Baby Mama ($18.2M) easily outdistanced the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay ($14.5M) in the weekend box-office race. A huge influx of female ticket buyers (68% of the audience) buoyed Baby Mama while many of Harold & Kumar's target audience forgot that the movie was opening and spent their weekend eating a family-size bag of Doritos.

Hold-overs staked out most of the rest of the top 10: the silly The Forbidden Kingdom ($11.2M/$38.2M), the cock-heavy Forgetting Sarah Marshall ($11M/$35M), the sturdy Nim's Island ($4.5M/$38.9M), the shitty Prom Night ($4.4M/$38.1M), the racist 21 ($4M/$75.7M), the even shittier 88 Minutes ($3.6M/$12.6M), and the powerhouse Horton Hears a Who! ($2.4M/$147.8M). The poorly-reviewed Deception debuted to a sad $2.2M.

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Boy, actors have tough lives don't they? | Photo courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films

In limited release, the latest from Claude Lelouch, Roman de Gare, had the strongest opening of the weekend ($12,750 per theater). It was followed by Helen Hunt's directorial debut Then She Found Me ($8266) and Errol Morris' searing doc Standard Operating Procedure ($7450). Both A Plumm Summer ($1046) and Deal ($620) had a much tougher time attracting people into theaters. Neither will last much longer on the big screen.