Shark Tale Can’t Hold Grudge

DreamWorks’ animated hit, Shark Tale, circled the top spot at the box office for three consecutive weeks but lost a Grudge match this past weekend. Sony’s The Grudge, the latest Hollywood remake of a hit Japanese flick, scared up an estimated $40 million to knock Shark down a peg in the celluloid food chain.

Directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also helmed the original version, The Grudge stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as an American nurse working in Tokyo, who finds herself in the clutches of a supernatural curse that haunts the house in which she’s living. Big X and Reality Check Studios provided visual effects for the film, which is exec produced by Sam Raimi, director of Sony’s Spider-Man films and the cult classic Evil Dead horror trilogy.

Despite the demotion to the No. 2 spot, Shark Tale is still getting along swimmingly. The toon comedy earned another $14 million in week four, driving its total to an estimated $137 million. The pic is still ruling the overseas box office, taking in around $30.5 million in 24 markets.

Miramax’s Shall We Dance, another remake of a Japanese film, crept up with an estimated $8.6 million to beat out Universal’s Friday Night Lights ($6.9 million) for the third spot. Rounding out the top five with around $6.6 million is Paramount’s Team America: World Police from the makers of South Park.

The DreamWorks holiday comedy, Surviving Christmas, looks like it won’t even survive Halloween. The Ben Afleck/James Gandolfini vehicle debuted at No. 7 with a paltry $4.5 million, according to estimates.