Spy Kids 3-D Steals Audiences Away from Lara Croft

Proving once again that audiences are hungry for family-friendly movies, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over took in an estimated $32.5 million this past weekend, winning the top spot over Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, which took in $22.4 million, and Bad Boys II with $22 million.

In addition, the PG-rated Dimension release beat the opening numbers for its two previous prequels (Spy Kids: $26.5 million, Spy Kids 2: $16.7 million). Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the 3D film takes its young stars inside a Tron-like videogame. Rodriguez and Daneil LeDuc were the visual effects supervisors for the film, which featured work from Hybride Technologies, Troublemaker, ComputerCafe, CIS, The Orphanage, Janimation, and KNB EFX.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Angelina Jolie’s second outing as the globetrotting action heroine landed in the fourth slot, with a somewhat disappointing $21.8 million total. Directed by Jan De Bont (Speed, Twister), the Paramount sequel did less than half of its original Tomb Raider film, which brought in $47.7 million in its opening weekend two years ago.

Meanwhile Johnny Depp and his band of sea-faring villains continue to reap the rewards of an adventure-thirsty filmgoing public. The Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean has managed to round up $176.1 million in box office gold in only 19 days in theaters.

Universal’s Seabiscuit, the period pic about the underdog Depression-era race horse finished in the fifth place with an estimated $21.5 million in 1989 theaters, and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo continued to swim with the sharks, collecting an estimated $312.6 million. And yes, that’s only $200,000 shy of the first theatrical run of The Lion King, the highest grossing animated film of all time.