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Weekend Box Office: Weapons of Minimal Destruction

Despite the box-office failure of nearly all studio films related to the war in Iraq, Universal executives fronted a $100 million budget for Green Zone, partly as a lure to convince director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon to come back for a third Bourne movie (they collaborated on Supremacy and Ultimatum), and partly because the film itself was basically a de facto entry in the franchise. The gamble did not come close to paying off, however, as Green Zone, limping into theaters after mixed reviews and several release delays, opened in second with an anemic $14.5 million take. It wasn’t nearly enough to challenge last week’s winner, Tim Burton’s 3-D animated Alice In Wonderland, which easily took the week with $62 million in receipts, more than enough to eclipse the $200 million mark so far. Two other, more modest openers did mediocre business: The Jay Baruchel romantic comedy She’s Out Of My League took $9.6 million for third while Twilight star Robert Pattinson’s bid for James Dean status, Remember Me, posted a forgettable $8.3 million. Rounding out the new releases was the poorly reviewed Our Family Wedding, which took $7.6 million, a fairly robust number given its semi-indie status (and its overwhelming, Carlos Mencia-fueled crappiness).

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.


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