Well, it looks like a Friday the 13th in the middle of October put folks in the mood for a good scare, as The Grudge 2 (which our own Jeffrey M. Anderson felt was "frigid and lifeless") knocked Martin Scorsese out of the top spot at the box office this weekend. Thanks, in part, to Sony's decision not to screen the sequel for critics beforehand, audiences shelled out $22 million and helped provide the studio with their 12th number one film this year. However, those numbers came nowhere near the $39 million The Grudge took home in its opening weekend back in 2004. Let's see if the late critical lashing hurts the film as it enters its second week.
Speaking of films in their second week, The Departed put up a good fight but ultimately failed to repeat its number one performance of last week, settling for a second place finish and $18.7 million. We're not sure whether he's Man of the Year, but we definitely know he's not Man of the Week, as Robin Williams' new political comedy opened in third place with $12.5 million. Hmm, that can't be -- were all the ballots counted? The animated comedy Open Season continued to do well in its fourth week, dropping one spot to fourth and scoring $11 million. Rounding out the top five was last week's number two film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning ($7.75 million). Seems the only thing scary about that flick is its 58% drop from week one to week two.
Full numbers after the jump.p>1. The Grudge 2, $22 million.
2. The Departed, $18.7 million.
3. Man of the Year, $12.55 million.
4. Open Season, $11 million.
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, $7.75 million.
6. The Marine, $7 million.
7. The Guardian, $5.85 million.
8. Employee of the Month, $5.6 million.
9. One Night With the King, $4.3 million.
10. Jackass Number Two, $3.3 million.