'17 Again' scores on first day with $9.5 mil

Fellow newcomer 'State of Play' lands in second place

Zac Efron staked his claim to rising star status Friday as the born-again-teen comedy "17 Again" opened to an estimated $9.5 million from 3,255 theaters in North America.

The PG-13 rated film from Warners' New Line unit, directed by Burr Steers, is on track to score an opening weekend in the mid-$20 million range, as Efron, graduating from the "High School Musical," franchise proves his boxoffice clout.

With teens flocking to "17," adult moviegoers contributed to a more modest, second-place bow for the Universal/Working Title thriller "State of Play."

The PG-13 rated film, directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, took in $4.6 million in 2,803 theaters.

"Crank: High Voltage," Lionsgate's R-rated Jason Statham action vehicle, the weekend's other new wide opener, pulled up in sixth place, collecting $2.7 million in 2,223 theaters. By comparison, 2006's "Crank" opened to $3.4 million during its first day of release.

In its second weekend, last week's chart-topper, "Hannah Montana: The Movie," took a steep plunge, ranking third for the day. Its Friday haul of $4 million represented a drop of more than 75% from its Friday opening a week ago.

However, a surge of Saturday matinee ticket-buyers over the weekend could still see it challenging "Play" for the second spot when the weekend dust clears.

Rounding out the top five, Universal's "Fast & Furious," ranked fourth for the day, with $3.9 million, while DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens," which now stands as 2009's top-grossing release, was fifth with $3.5 million as it crossed the $150 million mark.
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