''Mr. and Mrs. Smith'' slays the competition. Brangelina's thriller opens with $51 million
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Credit: Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Stephen Vaughn

Turns out moviegoers really weren’t sick of all the Brangelina hype. Ticket buyers titillated by the prospect of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s onscreen coupling made Mr. & Mrs. Smith the weekend’s top movie — and then some. The married-assassins thriller outstripped even the most optimistic projections to sell $51 million worth of tickets, according to estimates. That’s more than the next three films’ take put together, and far more than the weekend’s other two major releases, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and The Honeymooners.

Last week’s king of the box office jungle, Madagascar, continued to roar with a $17.1 million take, good for second place. No. 3 was Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, which earned $14.9 million, bringing the movie’s total take to $332.1 million. In fourth place was The Longest Yard, scoring $13.5 million.

Sharkboy opened at No. 5, taking a $12.5 million bite from moviegoers’ wallets. Honeymooners didn’t even crack the top 5, opening at No. 7 (below Cinderella Man at No. 6) with just $5.8 million. Not exactly to the moon, Alice.

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