Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Madagascar

$28,700,000
$101,000,000

2
2
The Longest Yard
$26,100,000
$95,800,000

2
3

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

$26,000,000

$308,800,000

3
4
Cinderella Man
$18,600,000
$18,600,000

1
5
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
$10,200,000
$14,000,000

1
6
Lords of Dogtown
$5,700,000
$5,700,000

1
7
Monster-in-Law
$5,300,000

$70,300,000

4
8
Crash
$3,300,000
$40,900,000
5
9
Kicking and Screaming
$2,100,000
$47,500,000
4
10
Unleashed
$890,000
$23,600,000
4
Constantly surprising.  That’s probably the best term I can think of to describe the box office figures week in and week out.  For example, I wouldn’t have foreseen last week’s top 3 shifting their positions and edging out all newcomers, but that’s what happened anyway.  The zoo ‘fugees of Madagascar roared up to the top and swiftly crossed the $100 million mark, which took the last CG-animated flick (Robots) twice as long to do.  And convicts beat lightsabers as The Longest Yard remake narrowly defeated Revenge of the Sith with an extra point kick.   


Despite the critical love, the pockets of Cinderella Man took the punches, as did the trousers of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. And the appeal of flowing-haired prettyboys performing backside pogos didn’t extend too far beyond the skateboarding audience, leaving Lords of Dogtown sitting in the halfpipe with just a few more bucks than J.Lo and Jane.    

Next weekend  the summer continues apace with the unfortunately "urbanized" variant of The Honeymooners, the French horror import High Tension, the Pitt/Jolie marital clash Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the Rodriguez kidflick The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, and the Miyazaki anime Howl’s Moving Castle.