Brick House Stands Firm at B.O.

Despite source material by horror master Stephen King and spectacular digital creature effects by ILM, newcomer Dreamcatcher couldn’t scare Bringing Down The House out of the top spot at the U.S. box office over the weekend. Disney’s comedic pairing of Steve Martin and Queen Latifah proved unbeatable for a third week in a row, adding another $16 million to an impressive cume of around $83.4 million.

Warner Bros.’ Dreamcatcher managed a close second with around $15.3 million. Director Lawrence Kasdan’s and screenwriter William Goldman’s adaptation of the Stephen King chiller did well considering the lackluster reviews is has received and an obvious audience preference for comedy during a time of war.

MGM’s Frankie Muniz vehicle Agent Cody Banks came in third with a strong $9 million showing. The debut comedy View from the Top, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike Meyers, came in at No. 4 with an estimated take of $7.5 million and Paramount’s thriller The Hunted rounds out the top five with around $6.5 mllion.

Disney’s Piglet’s Big Movie pulled not-so-big numbers in its first week. Despite favorable reviews and a lack of kid flick competition, the animated trip to the Hundred Acre Wood debuted in seventh place with an estimated $6.1 million.