'Rush Hour' speeds to top boxoffice spot Friday


New Line Cinema's "Rush Hour 3" took the top spot at the North American boxoffice Friday. But with an estimated $18.9 million for the day from 3,778 theaters, the mismatched buddy action/comedy, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan and directed by Brett Ratner, is heading for a $50-million plus weekend, falling short of the $67.4 million that "Rush Hour 2" picked up during its opening weekend in 2001.

Paramount Pictures' fantasy film "Stardust," directed by Matthew Vaughn from the novel by Neil Gaiman, also came up short. In fourth place for the day, it grossed an estimated $3 million.

The weekend's other new wide arrival, Sony Pictures' comedy sequel "Daddy Day Camp," with Cuba Gooding Jr. stepping into the role originally created by Eddie Murphy, debuted in tenth place with an estimated $1.3 million.

Rounding out the top five, Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Ultimatum" continued to demonstrate momentum. Last weekend's top grosser shifted to the second slot as it collected an estimated $10.5 million for the day.

In third place, 20th Century Fox's animated "The Simpsons Movie" posted an estimated $3.5 million. And in fifth place, Buena Vista's "Underdog" grossed a modest $2.2 million.