Another comic book inspired movie, another No. 1 opening. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City, starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Clive Owen, topped the box office charts this weekend, premiering with $28.1 million, according to studio estimates. That’s just behind the $29.8 million debut of the similarly-themed Keanu Reeves thriller Constantine, which opened with $29.8 million earlier this year. It also marks a significant improvement over Willis’ last entry, Hostage, which debuted last month with only $10.2 million.
Second place went to Queen Latifah’s comedy Beauty Shop, which grossed $13.5 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period and $17.3 million since hitting theaters last Wednesday. Its two predecessors, Barbershop and Barbershop 2, each premiered with over $20 million.
Last week’s top film, Guess Who, slipped 37 percent to $13 million, while Robots fell only 23 percent to $10 million. With a total so far of $104.6 million, it’s only the second 2005 release (after Hitch) to cross the $100 million mark. And as expected, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous rounded out the top five with $8.4 million, down 40 percent from its debut last weekend. Apparently Sandra Bullock’s tiara has lost some of its luster.