''Flightplan'' refuses to depart from the No. 1 spot. The Jodie Foster flick topped the box office for the second week, despite the debut of Joss Whedon's ''Serenity''

By Dave Karger
October 01, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
Flightplan: Ron Batzdorff

Thanks to a lack of any tough competition, Jodie Foster’s thriller Flightplan logged another week at the top of the box office.

Flightplan grossed $15 million over the weekend, according to industry estimates, a decline of only 39 percent from its debut. After 10 days the drama has earned $46.1 million.

The sci-fi film Serenity, based on the short-lived TV series Firefly, premiered with a low $10.1 million, proving that its cult following may have been rabid, but it was also quite small in size. Close behind was the animated film Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, which slipped 49 percent to $9.8 million in its second weekend.

The critically acclaimed drama A History of Violence expanded in its second weekend and grossed a promising $8.2 million, while the underwater action film Into the Blue, starring Jessica Alba and Paul Walker, floundered in its first weekend with a tally of only $7 million.

The golf drama The Greatest Game Ever Played, meanwhile, whiffed with a debut of $3.8 million, good enough only for ninth place, while Julianne Moore’s latest, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, managed only $155,000 in 41 theaters, for a per-theater average of $3,780. But all the buzz over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar-lock performance in Capote resulted in a fantastic per-theater average of $29,083 in 12 theaters for an opening-weekend take of $349,000.

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