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Ice Cube's family comedy takes No. 1

Ice Cube’s family comedy takes No. 1 — With a debut of $18.5 million, ”Are We There Yet?” beats Samuel L. Jackson’s ”Coach Carter” at the box office

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Ice Cube, Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet?: Rob Mcewan

Ice Cube successfully benched Samuel L. Jackson at the box office this weekend, as the rapper’s family comedy Are We There Yet? scored the No. 1 position with a debut of $18.5 million, according to studio estimates.

Surprisingly, Coach Carter saw a fairly large drop of 55 percent from its premiere last weekend, grossing another $11 million and bringing its 10-day total to a still-strong $43.2 million. Meanwhile, “Meet the Fockers” slipped 47 percent to $10.2 million. After five weeks, the ensemble comedy has grossed $247.7 million, placing it 34th on the all-time top domestic grossers list. In the next few days, it will surpass Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to become the No. 5 top-grossing release of 2004.

Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace’s office comedy In Good Company saw the smallest drop in the top five, falling 40 percent to $8.5 million, while the talking-animal flick Racing Stripes and the new crime drama Assault on Precinct 13 are neck-and-neck for fifth place, with grosses of $7.1 million and $7 million, respectively. Monday’s final tallies will determine whether Dustin Hoffman’s Shetland pony can top Ethan Hawke’s cop.