Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's new action flick Bad Boys II has successfully blasted away competition to land top the American box office - earning $46.7 million (GBP29.1 million).

The buddy-cop movie took the number one spot from Johnny Depp's buccaneer adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, which earned $33.3 million (GBP20.8 million). The weekend was extra sweet for film-maker JERRY BRUCKHEIMER, who produced both of the top earners.

CHUCK VIANE, head of distribution for Disney, which released Pirates of the Caribbean, says, "To take the number one and two positions, which I don't think any producer has ever done in history, it's spectacular."

The weekend's other new wide releases had lukewarm debuts. ROWAN ATKINSON's spy comedy Johnny English, already a $100 million (GBP62.5 million) hit internationally, opened in fourth place with $9.3 million (GBP5.8 million), while Mandy Moore's teen drama HOW TO DEAL premiered at number eight with $5.8 million (GBP3.6 million).

In limited release, director STEPHEN FREARS' DIRTY PRETTY THINGS opened strongly with $101,000 (GBP63,125) in five theatres. The film expands to more cinemas on 1 August (03).

21/07/2003 09:16