''Barbershop'' debuts at No. 1 at the box office
You know how sometimes it seems like everyone you know got a haircut over the same weekend? A similar phenomenon was at work at the nation’s multiplexes this weekend, as ”Barbershop” cut into the top spot at the box office with a fantastic $21 million, according to studio estimates.
The comedy, featuring rap stars Ice Cube and Eve, proved yet again that popular musicians often make for popular films, easily becoming the No. 1 movie in the country despite playing in only half the theaters as a blockbuster like ”Signs.” ”Barbershop’s” impressive tally meant that ”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was again the bridesmaid, finishing at No. 2 with another $11 million. The good news is that ”Wedding” actually went up 6 percent from last weekend (thanks to playing in 69 added theaters) and brought its 22-week total to an unbelievable $110.7 million. At this rate, the comedy, which only cost about $5 million, should end up grossing around $150 million in the U.S.
Also performing impressively in its first nationwide weekend was Robin Williams’ creepy thriller ”One Hour Photo,” which earned a strong $7.7 million over the weekend. Its mostly positive reviews should ensure impressive showings in the weeks to come as well. (Added bonus: With $14.2 million so far, it’s already outgrossed ”Death to Smoochy.”)
But the weekend wasn’t so kind to Tom Green, who saw his goofball comedy ”Stealing Harvard” debut in fourth place with only $6.3 million, an even worse opening than that of last year’s flop ”Freddy Got Fingered.” Rounding out the top five, last week’s No. 1 film, ”Swimfan,” fell 46 percent to $6.1 million, bringing its 10-day total to just under $20 million. A thriller with no big-name stars in its second week almost tops a Tom Green opening? Perhaps Green should reconcile with ex-wife Drew Barrymore and beg for a role in ”Charlie’s Angels 2.”