Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Mission: Impossible III

$48,000,000
$48,000,000

1
2

RV

$11,100,000
$31,000,000

2
3

An American Haunting

$6,300,000

$6,300,000

1
4

Stick It

$5,500,000
$17,900,000

2
5

United 93

$5,200,000
$20,000,000

2
6

Ice Age: The Meltdown

$4,000,000
$183,200,000

6
7

Silent Hill

$3,900,000

$40,800,000

3
8

Scary Movie 4

$3,700,000
$83,700,000
4
9

Hoot

$3,400,000
$3,400,000
1
10

Akeelah and the Bee 

$3,400,000
$10,700,000
2

Is Tom Cruise’s increasingly dire public persona impacting his box office potential? Are people growing bored with the "event movie"? Did most people think Mission: Impossible 3 looked like little more than a long Alias episode? Or were they just confounded by the M:I:III posters? Or did the toothsome celeb simply forget to have his negative thetans audited last week?

Whatever the case, the explody new spy flick fell short of expectations with $48 million — no small amount for an early May opening, but hardly the $70 million some (including its diminutive superstar) had hoped for. Still, the movie mopped up overseas, so Cruise retains some amount of global appeal. 

The week’s other new releases had a difficult mission of their own, but the budget spooker An American Haunting handled defeat much better than the eco-comedy Hoot. United 93 is already circling for a landing, but the CG beasts of Ice Age: The Meltdown keep trundling forward.  

Next weekend brings the summer’s first intentional disaster with Poseidon, and only what’s left of Lindsay Lohan treads water beside it with the teen romcom Just My Luck.