Sharky Machine Going Strong

DreamWorks’ CG-animated underwater comedy, Shark Tale, ruled the box office again in its second weekend, sinking only 33% with an estimated take of $31.7 million. The star-studded fish story has reeled in around $87.7 million to date and should exceed $100 million by next weekend.

While Shark Tale hasn’t reached the high water marks set by Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo or DreamWorks’ own Shrek 2, it has proven to be bona fide hit, holding back the tide of adult-aimed live-action entries such as Disney’s big-budget firefighter flick, Ladder 49, and this week’s newcomers, the high school football epic, Friday Night Lights, from Universal, the comic buddy cop remake, Taxi, from 20th Century Fox and the tween-targeted Hillary Duff vehicle, Raise Your Voice, from New Line Cinema.

Friday Night Lights, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Derek Luke, scored a second place finish with an estimated $20.5 million. Ladder 49 drops to third with around $13.2 million, followed by the moderately budgeted Taxi, which debuted to an estimated $12 million. Sony/Revolution Studio’s sci-fi thriller, The Forgotten, completes the top five with around $7.5 million and a three-week cume of $48.6 million. Raise Your Voice only managed $4.6 million for a sixth place opening.