Those Wedding Crashers apparently haven’t overstayed their welcome, as Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson saw their hit comedy reach the No. 1 spot at the box office in its third week of release.
Wedding Crashers grossed a strong $20.5 million this weekend, according to studio estimates, a drop of only 20 percent from last weekend. The only other film to reach the pole position after its opening weekend was Madagascar, which accomplished the feat in its second weekend. After three weeks, Crashers has grossed a fantastic $116.1 million.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, meanwhile, slipped to second place, falling 42 percent to $16.4 million and bringing its three-week total to $148.1 million.
The weekend’s three big new releases had fair-to-disappointing debuts. The family comedy Sky High, starring Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston as superhero parents, opened with $14.6 million, while Jamie Foxx’s action thriller Stealth flopped with only $13.5 million, suggesting along with The Island that audiences have perhaps burned out on action films this summer. Rounding out the top five was the Diane Lane/John Cusack romance Must Love Dogs with $13.1 million. But since comedy seems to be king at the moment, the climate bodes well for next week’s big arrival, The Dukes of Hazzard.