'Grown Ups' holds off Friday 'Knight' rally

'Toy Story 3' still No. 1, approaches $200 million mark

Sony's ensemble comedy "Grown Ups" rung up an estimated $14.5 million in domestic boxoffice on Friday to kick off a likely $40 million-plus opening weekend.

Starring Adam Sander, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, the pic about a reunion of high school basketball players took second place on the day and likely will grab the weekend silver medal.

Disney's 3D threequel "Toy Story 3" is virtually guaranteed to repeat at No. 1 in its sophomore session after fetching $18 million on Friday and topping the daily rankings. The Pixar-produced pic totes $175.5 million in cumulative boxoffice through its first eight days and surely will cross $200 million during its ninth day, thanks to fat Saturday matinee grosses.

The frame's other wide opener – Fox/New Regency's "Knight and Day" starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, rallied on Friday after a soft first two days, with its $6.4 million performance good for third place among the daily rankings. "Knight" boasts a $13.6 million cume since unspooling Wednesday amid hopes of posting a five-day bow of at least $25 million.

The film was touted as a potential career-reviver for Cruise and Diaz. The slow start to its opening session won't buff the duo's marquee luster, but a leggy run for "Knight" would convey that sense that older-skewing hits simply take some time to find their market strike.

The session's other second-week pic -- Warner Bros.' comic book-inspired actioner "Jonah Hex" – took in just $500,000 in 10th place on Friday. Cume for the Legendary Pictures co-prod limps to $8 million.
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