Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Chicken Little

$40,100,000
$40,100,000

1
2

Jarhead

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

1
3

Saw II

$17,200,000

$60,500,000

2
4

Legend of Zorro

$10,000,000
$30,300,000

2
5

Prime

$5,200,000
$13,500,000

2
6

Dreamer

$4,800,000
$23,800,000

3
7

Good Night and Good Luck

$3,100,000

$11,000,000

5
8

The Weather Man

$2,900,000
$8,700,000
2
9

Shopgirl

$2,500,000
$3,400,000
3
10

Flightplan

$2,300,000
$84,400,000
7

Kids don’t give a good golly what critics think, so when digital poultry comes to the theaters, parents ultimately yield to the incessant "Can I can I can I", eventually pouring $40 million into Disney’s deep coffers for Chicken Little.  The first robust box office weekend in a long while was also held high by the Gulf War film Jarhead, which ended up with a higher per-screen average than the #1 movie.

Saw II remains the only horror Halloween holdover, repelling the typical 60% second-week plunge suffered by most genre fare and exponentially regenerating its measly $4 million budget.  Shopgirl’s expansion onto almost 500 screens also attracted the attention of those who remember when Steve Martin made good movies.

Next week has raptor hopeful Fiddy Cent shooting people and getting shot in Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Jon Favreau takes to space with Zathura, Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston get Frenched and Derailed, and Shane Black returns to what he knows best with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.