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