In what would seem to be a kind of huge opening for a dramatic prestige pic, Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter grossed $22.8 million this weekend, making it the number one film of the three-day period. I can't remember the last time a non-horror, non-action, non-ultraviolent film opened at number one - but it was probably either animated, or else it starred Will Smith.
Pollack's United Nations flick pushed last week's number one, The Amityville Horror, to number 2; that film collected a thoroughly respectable $14.2 milion in its second week. Sahara came in at number three with $9 million, and Stephen Chow'sKung Fu Hustle hit number five with $7.3 million in its first weekend in wide release.
So, you know what that means: millions of gay men and preteen girls (and one 20-something Cinematical writer with the initials K.L.) will weep into their pillows tonight after having been denied the opportunity to see an almost-naked Ashton Kutcher blown up to Times Square, Calvin Klein billboard proportion. A Lot Like Love opened at number four with $7.7 million, and whilst that is a reasonable amount for a romantic comedy with a terrible trailer, it still hurts.