Moviegoers chose the comedic charms of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson over big visual effects as New Line Cinema’s The Wedding Crashers sent Disney’s Sky High and Sony’s Stealth into a tailspin. Crashers managed to make that rare climb up the charts in its third weekend, earning another $20.4 million to nab the top spot from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Director Tim Burton’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book begins its descent with an estimated $16.3 and a grand total of $148 million domestically.
Despite positive reviews, the superhero family comedy, Sky High, didn’t exactly prove to be a live-action The Incredibles in the box office department. Critics have given the film high marks for its script, written by Disney’s Kim Possible creators Robert Schooley and Mark McCorkle, along with Paul Hernandez. Featuring effects work by Asylum VFX, Furious FX and Lola Visual Effects, the pic debuted at No. 3 with an estimated $14.5 million.
The weekend’s big loser was Stealth, a high-octane summer action flick that ran out of gas despite being fueled by a big cast and breathtaking vfx work by Digital Domain and Animal Logic. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Collateral) and "it girl" Jessica Biel (Blade Trinity, Cellular) star in this high-flying tale of artificial intelligence gone awry, directed by Rob Cohen (XXX, The Fast and the Furious). The $100 million production yielded only $13.5 million in its debut outing, landing at No. 4.
Warner Bros.’ more moderately budgeted romantic comedy, Must Love Dogs, did nearly as well as Stealth, rounding out the top five with an estimated $13 million during its first week off the leash.