March 15, 2009

‘Witch Mountain’ opens at box office peak

Race to Witch Mountain scored No. 1 at U.S. movie theaters this weekend, Box Office Mojo figures released Sunday showed.

The science fiction movie, starring Dwayne Johnson, racked up at estimated $25 million in ticket sales in its first weekend, pushing Watchmen to No. 2 at $18.07 million.

A Dennis Iliadis-directed formula horror show, The last House on the Left, opened at No. 3 with $14.66 million in estimated gate receipts, followed by Taken with $6.65 million and Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail with $5.13 million.

Still in the top 10 in its 18th week, Slumdog Millionaire is No. 6 with $5.03 in estimated sales, followed by Paul Blart: Mall Cop with $3.1 million, He's Just Not That Into You at $2.91 million and Coraline at $2.66 million.

Another new movie, Miss March, a light-weight comedy co-directed and written by Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, came in at No. 10 with $2.35 million.

The three new movies bumped Confessions of a Shopaholic, Fired Up and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience out of the top tier of movies.