Island Sinks, Chocolate Still Sweet

DreamWorks’ new Michael Bay-directed action thriller, The Island, was cast away by moviegoers in favor of holdovers Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wedding Crashers and Fantastic Four. Tim Burton’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie proved too sweet for moviegoers to resist again, maintaining the No. 1 spot domestically with an estimated $28.3 million in its second weekend and a cumulative of around $114 million.

New Line Cinema’s Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy, The Wedding Crashers, posted a close second in its sophomore outing, taking a $26 million slice of the cake. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s Marvel comic-book adaptation, Fantastic Four, also managed to hold off newcomers with around $12.2 million and a third-place finish. The superhero pic continues to surprise, earning north of $122 million in three weeks. In addition, Fantastic Four was tops overseas, pulling in around $23 million to knock DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar to No. 2 with $20.3 million.

Debuting at No.4, The Island disappointed DreamWorks with an estimated $12.1 million debut despite the star power of Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. The futuristic tale employs visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic to tell the story of genetic clones who go on the run to avoid being scrapped for body parts.

It was also bad news for director Richard Linklater’s remake of Bad News Bears. Paramount’s Billy Bob Thornton comedy vehicle has received good reviews but only managed to opened at No. 5 with $11.5 million.

Opening in more limited release were Paramount Classics’ Hustle & Flow, which landed at No. 7 with $8 million from just over 1000 theaters, and Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, cracking the top ten at No. 8 with an estimated $7 million debut in 1,757 venues.