'District 9' tops Friday boxoffice

On track to top $30 mil on the weekend

The aliens of "District 9" landed with a dramatic win in the top spot at the North American boxoffice on Friday.

Sony's R-rated sci-fi tale, directed by Neill Blomkamp and bearing the imprimatur of producer Peter Jackson, came seemingly out of nowhere -- although it did make a high-profile advance stop at the recent Comic-Con, where it was enthusiastically received -- as it took in an estimated $14.2 million for its opening day in 3,049 theaters. That puts it on track to rake in a weekend haul well north of $30 million.

And female moviegoers found a new crush in Warners' "The Time Traveler's Wife." Robert Schwentke's romance starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams collected $7.7 million in 2,988 theaters for a second-place showing.

Of last weekend's top boxoffice performers, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," took the biggest fall. The Paramount actioner, which bowed to $22.1 million on its opening day last Friday, fell by 68% as it picked up $7 million on the first day of its second frame, taking the third spot.

Meanwhile, the other sophomore entry, "Julie & Julia," from Sony, showed more resilience. It fell by just 44% from its opening Friday, taking in $3.6 million.

Among the other new wide openers this weekend, Paramount's R-rated comedy "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," starring Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames, ranked sixth for the day with $2 million from 1,838 theaters.

Bowing in a more limited 888 locations, Disney's release of Hayao Miyazaki's well-reviewed "Ponyo" picked up $1.2 million, earning a ninth-place ranking.

Summit's teen rocker "Bandslam," a PG-rated feature directed by Todd Graff, collected $893,000 in 2,121 theaters as it debuted in twelfth place.

Rounding out the top five was Disney's "G-Force," grossing $2.1 million at the beginning of its fourth weekend.
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