'Knowing' leads boxoffice

'I Love You, Man' in second spot

Nicolas Cage's apocalyptic thriller "Knowing" captured the imagination of moviegoers on Friday. The PG-13 film directed by Alex Proyas and released by Summit led the trio of new wide openers, capturing nearly $8.9 million in 3,332 theaters, setting itself up for a $20 million-plus opening weekend.

Claiming the No. 2 spot was John Hamburg's comic bromance "I Love You, Man," starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel as male-bonding guy pals. Paramount/DreamWorks collected about $6.3 million for the R-rated release in 2,711 theaters.

Bowing in the third spot, Universal's PG-13 "Duplicity," a twisty romantic thriller starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen that was written and directed by Tony Gilroy, took in $4.7 million in 2,575 theaters.

Disney's family-friendly sci-fi actioner "Race to Witch Mountain," which ruled the boxoffice last weekend, down-shifted to fourth place. Its Friday tally of $3.7 million was down a respectable 55% from its opening Friday figure last weekend of $6.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Warners' superhero tale "Watchmen," which pulled in $2 million, bringing the movie's domestic total to just over $93 million.