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''Scorpion King'' posts a second weekend at No. 1

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Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson, The Scorpion King
The Scorpion King: Bruce Birmelin

We had to say it: The Rock is on a roll.

WWF superstar Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson’s ”The Scorpion King” ruled at the box office for the second weekend in a row, taking in another $17.6 million, according to studio estimates. The prequel to ”The Mummy Returns” fell 51 percent from its record-breaking $36.1 million debut last week, bringing its total to just over $60 million. Though an impressive figure, it doesn’t compare to the $68 million ”The Mummy Returns” grossed in its first weekend alone. Still, ”Scorpion” certainly capitalized on a noticeable lack of competition for two weeks, though all that is about to change with the opening of ”Spider-Man” this Friday.

Holding on very well in second place was the Ben Affleck/Samuel L. Jackson thriller ”Changing Lanes,” which dipped only 19 percent in its third weekend to $9 million. The road-rage flick is obviously benefiting from strong reviews from both critics and audiences.

”Lanes” was also aided by the fact that the week’s two new entries failed to attract large audiences. The Angelina Jolie romance ”Life or Something Like It” managed only $6.7 million for a third-place debut. The film, in which Jolie plays a newswoman told she only has a week to live suffered from a vague, wordy title and a severe lack of buzz. Following on the heels of poor $6.4 million opening of the steamy ”Original Sin,” ”Life” suggests that unless she’s playing Lara Croft, the Oscar-winning Jolie isn’t much of a box office draw.

Close behind in fourth place was the ”Friday the 13th” sequel ”Jason X,” which debuted with $6.5 million, a typical opening for the beyond-played-out franchise. And Sandra Bullock rounded out the top five with ”Murder by Numbers,” which slipped a respectable 32 percent from its first weekend to earn another $6.3 million. Still, with its slow business, ”Murder” is shaping up to be a flop — or something like it.

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