Rank
Title
Weekend
Gross
Cumulative
Gross
Weeks in Release
1

Open Season

$23,000,000
$23,000,000

1
2

The Guardian

$17,667,000
$17,667,000

1
3

Jackass Number Two

$14,010,000

$51,452,000

2
4

School For Scoundrels

$9,109,000
$9,109,000

1
5

Jet Li’s Fearless

$4,702,000
$17,785,000

2
6

Gridiron Gang

$4,500,000
$33,177,000

3
7

The Illusionist

$2,845,000

$31,488,000

7
8

Flyboys

$2,320,000
$9,915,000
2
9

The Black Dahlia

$2,069,000
$20,683,000
3
10

Little Miss Sunshine

$2,020,000
$53,162,000
10

Ashton Kutcher takes the top two slots this week with Open Season – the 400th CGI movie released this year – and The Guardian – which features truly crummy CGI waves. Open Season made a respectable if not blockbuster amount, but keep in mind that this one cost 85 million to get into theaters. Jeez.

The Jackass boys slip to number three, putting this film on a course to make about what the first one did. And also making the movie tremendously profitable. School for Scoundrels opened very limply, perhaps showing that the public doesn’t love Napoleon Dynamite as much as we all feared.

In general it was a slow week at the movies, but what shocked me is that The Illusionist didn’t just hold on for another week – it gained spots on the chart. Little Miss Sunshine continues to sit happily at the number ten spot as well, while All the King’s Men and other films slide away to oblivion.

Two new Oscar contenders opened in very, very limited release – and The Last King of Scotland and The Queen had very good per screen averages of $35,750 and $41,000 respectively. Hopefully they’ll be going much, much wider in the weeks to come and maybe even barge in on the top ten.

Next week sees some big guns vying for the top spot – if there’s a God and he’s given audiences any brains and taste the excellent new Scorsese film, The Departed, will open at #1. Also opening is the truly execrable Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and a movie that will foist the hated Dane Cook on us, Employee of the Month. I also have my fingers crossed for Science of Sleep to open in more markets and have a shot at the top ten.