Returning to the well for the third (and presumably final) time, the gang behind Ocean's Thirteen enjoyed an opening comparable to the last entry, losing little momentum despite following up a sequel that few people liked. At $37 million, Steven Soderbergh's breezy heist film cruised into first place with little competition from its rivals, including second-place finisher Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End, which dropped another 51% in its third weekend for a $21.3 million total. In contrast, the well-liked Judd Apatow comedy Knocked Up only lost 35% of its opening weekend business for a $20 million total, suggesting that it has the legs to stick around most of the summer. The week's other openers were far from disastrous, but didn't fare especially well: The latest CGI animated movie with celebrity-voiced animals, Surf's Up, took in a modest $18 million for fourth place while the horror sequel Hostel Part II netted $8.75 million, which was good enough for sixth.
In limited release, a pair of Fox Searchlight movies, Waitress and Once, continued to maintain their sleeper hit status, with the former breaking into the Top 10 overall and the latter expanding with a still-healthy $5500 per-screen-average. Opening on eight screens, the Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose had a robust $21,000 per-screen-average.
More detailed numbers at Box Office Mojo.