Uni's 'Evan Almighty' tops Friday boxoffice

Thriller '1408' opens strong

Universal Pictures' Noah's Arc-themed comedy "Evan Almighty" floated above the competition at the boxoffice Friday. The PG-rated movie starring Steve Carell as a modern-day prophet grossed an estimated $11.2 million on its opening day according to the boxoffice tracking site boxofficemojo.com.

But that figure put the pricey film, which cost at least $175 million, at the lower end of expectations, with its weekend haul likely to top out in the low-to-mid $30 million range.

In the second spot, MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s horror tale "1408" bucked the recent trend that has seen declining interest in horror pics. The PG-13 adaptation of a Stephen King short story, starring John Cusack as a paranormal investigator, took in an estimated $7.6 million for the day.

Paramount Vantage's "A Mighty Heart," Michael Winterbottom's investigation into the kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl, starring Angeline Jolie as the journalist's wife Mariane, narrowly made it into the top ten. Bowing in 1,355 theaters, the real-life thriller attracted an estimated $1.2 million.

Rounding out the top five, 20th Century Fox's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," last weekend's top film, occupied the third spot with an estimated $6 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures' "Ocean's Thirteen" ranked fourth with an estimated $3.5 million, and Universal's comedy "Knocked Up" was fifth with an estimated $3.4 million, pushing its cumulative grosse past the $100 million mark.
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