''Sky Captain'' flies away with the box office win. Despite only grossing $16.2 million, the sci-fi drama beat out ''Wimbledon'' and ''Mr. 3000''

By Dave Karger
Updated September 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, ...

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow may have captured the top spot at the box office this weekend, but its opening figure was nothing to fly home about.

The pricey thriller, which stars Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie, grossed $16.2 million in its first three days, making it only the 14th-biggest September opening. By comparison, last year’s No. 1 film this same weekend was the sci-fi drama Underworld, which debuted with $21.8 million. Though Sky Captain‘s ad campaign focused on Jolie (arguably the biggest box-office draw of the three stars) and the film’s action, it wasn’t able to bring in typical action-film numbers.

Bernie Mac’s baseball comedy, Mr. 3000, also opened fairly unimpressively with $9.2 million, placing just above last week’s top film, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, which plummeted 61 percent as expected to $9 million. Meanwhile, Kirsten Dunst’s new romantic comedy Wimbledon also disappointed, opening with only $7.8 million. Rounding out the top five was Kim Basinger’s thriller Cellular, which managed a slip of only 32 percent to $6.9 million. Which is what happens when there’s not much interest in your competition.

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