It may only have taken in $14.4 million, but like a football game won by a single field goal, Gridiron Gang became the 10th Sony film of the year to reach No. 1 at the box office on its opening and thereby set a record for the studio. Three other new films tanked, including the much-hyped Brian De Palma drama The Black Dahlia, which grossed only $10 million for Universal. Twentieth Century Fox's animated Everyone's Hero brought in only $6 million, while Paramount's The Last Kiss earned just $4.6 million. Two indie films continued to show staying power, however. The Illusionist, which opened five weeks ago, placed seventh with $3.6 million, while Little Miss Sunshine, which debuted eight weeks ago, collected $3.3 million to place eighth. Meanwhile, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest returned to the top of the overseas box office after dipping to second place last week, ending its nine-week winning streak. The film set a new box-office record as it opened in Italy with $12.8 million. Its worldwide gross now stands at $1.03 billion.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Gridiron Gang, Sony, $14,414,630, (New); 2. The Black Dahlia, Universal, $10,005,895, (New); 3. Everyone's Hero, Fox, $6,061,762, $6,061,762, (New); 4. The Covenant, Sony, $4,777,554, ($15,791,085), 2 Wks.; 5. The Last Kiss, Paramount, $4,627,989, (New); 6. Invincible, Disney, $4,114,921, ($51,121,579), 4 Wks.; 7. The Illusionist, Yari Film Group, $3,623,084, ($23,126,885), 5 Wks.; 8. Little Miss Sunshine, Fox Searchlight, $3,319,124, ($46,359,579), 8 Wks.; 9. Hollywoodland, Focus Features, $2,722,954, ($10,522,553), 2 Wks.; 10. Crank, Lionsgate, $2,680,225, ($24,393,847), 3 Wks.




19/09/2006