Demonstrating that even a winner can be a loser, the Jodie Foster starrer The Brave One opened at the top of the box office over the weekend with just $13.5 million. The vigilante flick, which reportedly cost $50 million to make and another $30 million to market and distribute, performed well below Foster's other recent releases, including Flightplan, which opened in 2005 with $25 million and Panic Room, which earned $30 million in its bow in 2002. But if The Brave One was regarded as a disappointment, the Billy Bob Thornton comedy Mr. Woodcock was deemed an utter disaster, taking in just $8.8 million and winding up in third place slightly behind last week's winner, 3:10 to Yuma, which took in $8.9 million. The fifth week of Superbad took the fourth spot with $5.1 million, bringing its gross to $111.2 million. Rounding out the top five, the Korean fantasy hit Dragon Wars proved to be a dud with an opening take of just $5 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. The Brave One, Warner Bros., $13,471,488, (New); 2. 3:10 to Yuma, Lions Gate, $8,930,889, 2 Wks. ($28,330,228); 3. Mr. Woodcock, New Line, $8,761,369, (New); 4. Superbad,Sony, $5,105,184, 5 Wks. ($111,241,228); 5. Dragon Wars, Freestyle Releasing, $5,041,239, (New); 6. Halloween, MGM, $4,867,522, 3 Wks. ($51,120,587); 7. The Bourne Ultimatum, Universal, $4,125,380, 7 Wks. ($216,167,260); 8. Balls of Fury, Focus Features, $3,324,001, 3 Wks. ($28,859,451); 9. Rush Hour 3, New Line, $3,303,341, 6 Wks. ($133,158,932); 10. Mr. Bean's Holiday, Universal, $2,726,475, 4 Wks. ($28,545,470).