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Box Office Review: America Knows Nothing

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No, this isn't nakedly manipulative. | Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Two very good studio films opened at the box office this weekend (I Love You, Man and Duplicity) and, naturally, neither of them managed to win the box office crown. That went to the terrifyingly moronic Knowing which tricked America's rubes into shelling out approximately $24.8M of hard-earned money. The quite funny I Love You, Man under-performed to the tune of $18M as did Julia Roberts' Duplicity which only managed to bring in $14.4M. Last week's champ Remake of Witch Mountain fell all the way to fourth but still had a solid performance ($13M/$44.7M). The ambitious Watchmen, however, continued to flounder ($6.7M/$98M).

The bottom half of the top 10 was led by The Last House on the Left 2: Return to the Last House on the Left ($5.9M/$24M). After that it was the stunningly resilient Taken ($4.1M/$133.1M), the wonderful Slumdog Millionaire ($2.7M/$137.2M), the awful Tyler Perry's Umpteenth Transvestite Movie ($2.5M/$87.2M) and the splendid Coraline ($2.1M/$72.8M). The limited release crowd was led by the powerful Sundance winner Sin Nombre which average a solid $12,900 per theater. Fashion doc Valentino: The Last Emperor had an even better debut ($20,300 per) while the sexy Mancora tanked ($2900).