Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Jackass Number Two

$28,106,000
$28,106,000

1
2

Jet Li’s Fearless

$10,564,000
$10,564,000

1
3

Gridiron Gang

$9,700,000

$27,201,000

2
4

Flyboys

$6,012,000
$6,012,000

1
5

Everyone’s Hero

$4,750,000
$11,594,000

2
6

The Black Dahlia

$4,438,000
$17,259,000

2
7

All the King’s Men

$3,800,000

$3,800,000

1
8

The Covenant

$3,300,000
$20,305,000
3
9

The Illusionist

$3,275,000
$27,534,000
6
10

Little Miss Sunshine

$2,875,000
$50,340,000
9

Usually the number one movie in America is a piece of shit. This week, the number one movie in America features numerous pieces of shit. I wonder if, when working on the movie camera, Thomas Edison ever thought it could be used to capture the images of men shaving their pubes so they could be glued to an unsuspecting man’s face. I doubt even his genius extended that far.

Jackass Number Two was, far and away, the big winner this weekend, and a big winner for Paramount, since it cost about 11 million dollars (before marketing). This one is going to go on to keep on earning money in home video, especially if they endlessly rerelease it – Johnny Knoxville recently said they had enough footage left over to make another movie.

Rogue chose the wrong weekend to open what is billed as Jet Li’s final martial arts film – Fearless’ audience was busy watching Ryan Dunn’s balls get frozen to an ice horse this weekend. Gridiron Gang, meanwhile, managed to hold on to the “I like formulaic and awful films” audience – unless almost all the tickets sold this weekend were really to under-17s who were sneaking in to Jackass, which I suspect is really the case.

The other newcomer to the top five is the WWI period actioner Flyboys, which looks like it will never ever come close to making its budget back. The rest of the top ten is the remaining lingerers from the end of the summer, with All the King’s Men really shitting the bed at #7. The movie was delayed for a year, roasted at Toronto, and the only quotes Sony could find for this prestige picture came from noted cineaste Larry King.

The Illusionist and Little Miss Sunshine are probably saying goodbye to the top ten this week – remarkable runs, boys – as Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher get waterlogged in The Guardian while Kutcher shows up again as a voice in Open Season. Also muscling in will be School for Scoundrels, which I hear is absolutely disastrously bad. Opening limited next week is the very good Last King of Scotland, aka the movie that will get Forest Whitaker an Oscar nomination.