Bad Boys Make Pirates Walk Plank

For summer blockbusters, the No.1 spot at the box office is proving easy to steal, but hard to hold onto. Warner Bros.’ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines only lasted one week on top before Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean snatched the title last weekend. Now the pendulum has swung again, putting Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys II at the summit with an estimated take of $46.7 million.

Pirates slips to No. 2 in its second week out. The spooky adventure yarn with ghoulishly good visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic still managed an impressive $33 million to bring its cume to around $132 Million.

Disney’s competition in the supernatural action genre, Twentieth Century Fox’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, placed third with an estimated $10 million take. Based on the comic book by Alan Moor and Kevin O’Neill, the effects-loaded film features the handiwork of Cinesite, Cinema Production Services, ComputerCafé, Custom Film Effects, Double Negative, Paul Franklin, Eyetronics, New Deal Studios, Pixel Liberation Front, Pixel Magic, Tippett Studio and Edge FX. Reportedly made for $78 million, the pic and has pulled in an estimated $42.4 million in two weeks.

Universal’s spy spoof, Johnny English, and T3 round out the top five with just over $9 million each. Finally dropping out of the top 5 after 8 weeks is the Disney/Pixar animated favorite Finding Nemo. Coming in at No. 6, the comic fish tale did a respectable $7 million over the weekend. With a cume of around $303 million, it is only about $7 million away from topping Disney’s The Lion King and becoming the highest grossing animated flick in history.