No Picnic for Ant Bully

Warner Bros.’ big-screen CG cartoon, The Ant Bully, was bested over the weekend by fellow openers Miami Vice from Universal and John Tucker Must Die from 20th Century Fox. According to estimates, Ant Bully earned $8.1 million on 3,000 screens to come in at No. 5 on the chart. Meanwhile, Sony’s Monster House picked up another $11.5 (est.) in its second week to bring its total to around $43.8 million. Neither film is performing as well as Disney/Pixar’s Cars or DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge, but toon fans are no doubt happy to see two animated entries in the top five.

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which features top-notch CG animation by Industrial Light & Magic, almost pulled off a fourth straight win with a solid $20.4 million, but had to give up the box office title to Miami Vice, which debuted to around $25.2 million. Meanwhile, teen revenge comedy John Tucker Must Die opened surprisingly well, taking the No. 3 spot with Approximately $14 million.

Despite opening in an additional 44 theaters across North America, Warner Independent Pictures’ A Scanner Darkly continues to slide down the chart, settling at No.17 over the weekend. The second rotoscope animation feature from director Richard Linklater (Waking Life) earned an estimated $454,000 this last go-round to bring its four-week total to just north of $4 million. Made for a reported $8 million, the film has done well given its limited release and should be able to cash in on Keanu Reeve’s star power when it arrives on DVD. A limited release that did much better this past weekend is Focus Features’ Scoop. The latest comedy from Woody Allen opened in 538 theaters and pulled in around $3 million.

This Friday, Paramount/Nickelodeon’s animated comedy, The Barnyard, goes up against Lionsgate’s The Descent, a buzz-worthy horror flick from Dog Soldiers director Neil Marshall. Then we have to wait a whole month for the next toon feature, 20th Century Fox’s Everyone’s Hero, which arrives on Sept 15.