Scoob Proves Top Dog

Call the case of the zombie flesh-eaters closed. Those meddling kids and their computer-animated canine pal managed to foil the brief box office reign of Universal’s Dawn of the Dead. Warner Bros.’ Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed brought in an estimated $30.7 million over the weekend, easily taking the top spot at the North American box office.

Starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed has the Mystery Inc. crew investigating bizarre happenings in the city of Coolsville, where a masked villain is tampering with the Monster Machine to reproduce The 10,000 Volt Ghost, Captain Cutler, The Creeper and other classic creatures from the animated series on which the film franchise is based. Contributing visual effects to the movie are Rhythm & Hues, Digital Dimension, Giant Killer Robots, Meteor Studios, Cinema Production Services and Edge FX.

Though it fell shy of its predecessor’s monster $54 million opening, the Scooby sequel made nearly $20 million more than its closest competitor. Buena Vista’s The Ladykillers settled for second place with around $13 million. Newmarket’s The Passion of the Christ added another estimated $12.4 million, bringing its cume to approximately $315 million and outdoing Dawn of the Dead, which saw a steep 61% drop-off in its sophomore weekend. Rounding out the top five is Miramax’s Ben Afleck vehicle, Jersey Girl, with around $8.3 million.