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''Hitchhiker's Guide'' pulls an upset at the box office

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Martin Freeman, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Movie - 2005)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Laurie Sparham

In something of an upset, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy thumbed its way to the top of the box office chart this weekend, grossing $21.7 million, according to studio estimates.

Disney’s decision to market the adaptation of the radio play and subsequent novel as a family film obviously paid off, giving the film, starring Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, and Mos Def a wide lead over the No. 2 film, The Interpreter, which slipped 38 percent in its second weekend to $14.2 million.

Meanwhile, the week’s other new wide release, XXX: State of the Union, learned the hard way that a XXX film without Vin Diesel is simply not a big audience draw. The sequel, starring Ice Cube, premiered with only $13.7 million, less than one-third of the $44.5 million the first film grossed in its first weekend.

As expected, The Amityville Horror and Sahara rounded out the top five with $8.1 million and $6 million, respectively. But with Kingdom of Heaven and House of Wax less than a week away, their days in the spotlight are numbered.

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