'K-PAX' debuts with otherworldly
By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff
Kevin Spacey has enjoyed box office success
in recent years with hits like American Beauty, and his latest release
K-PAX is no exception. The
heartwarming tale grossed $17.2 million
in its opening weekend, beating out the runner-up, 13 Ghosts, by more than
The previous week's No. 1 movie, Johnny
Depp and Heather Graham's From Hell, took third place, while the based-on-a-true-story
Cars with Boys fell to No. 4 from No.
2. In fifth place was Warner Bros.' Training Day, which has grossed more
than $65 million in its four weeks of
The thriller/comedy hybrid Bandits came
in sixth, followed by the John Cusack romance Serendipity. The Last Castle
fell to No. 8 from No. 5, and
Corky Romano continued its steady decline,
falling one spot and landing at No. 9. The Snoop Dogg thriller Bones took
the No. 10 spot in its first
week of release.
Other notable debuts this week include
On the Line, which took 11th place. Two members of 'NSync (Lance Bass and
Joey Fatone, for the
curious) star in the comedy about the
hapless love life of a young Chicago professional.
India's film industry -- commonly referred
to as "Bollywood" -- is the biggest in the world, but until recently Indian
films have been difficult to find in
the United States. Asoka, which opened
Friday at a respectable No. 22, has the widest U.S. release of any Indian
film so far. The epic story of the
young Prince Asoka has received generally
The sappy Kevin Kline vehicle Life as a
House debuted at No. 24, with Donnie Darko, the not-so-famous Drew Barrymore
movie, at No. 33.
Ouch, a French film described by reviewers
as "thoroughly distasteful" and "truly painful," had the dubious honor
of earning the least money during
its opening weekend ($228, to be exact).
And Shrek demonstrated its considerable staying power, clocking in at No.
25 after 24 weeks of release.