Filmgoers Fancy Funny Over FX

For the fourth week in a row, comedy has been king at the box office. This time it’s DreamWorks’ and Chris Rock’s Head of State in the No. 1 spot with a modest $14 million take. Meanwhile, opening in nearly a thousand more theaters, Paramount’s effects-intensive thrill ride, The Core, brought in around $12.4 million to debut at number three behind Disney’s holdover Bringing Down the House.

Military suspense thrillers weren’t the order of the day either. Even with the star power of John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, Sony Pictures’ Basic opened in fourth place with an estimated $12.1 million. Now in its 14th week of release, Miramax’s Chicago holds strong in the top five with a cume of nearly $145 million.

Disney’s Pigglet’s Big Movie is hanging onto its place in the top 10. In its second week, the animated feature brought in around $4.6 million for an eighth place finish and an estimated cume of $12.4 million.

This year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar winner, Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, opened in just over 700 more theaters over the weekend and brought in another estimated $1.6 million for Disney and Studio Ghibli. Japan’s biggest box office hit in history has only managed to pull in around $7.2 million in 28 weeks of limited release in the U.S.