Turns out we were in the mood for a little football this weekend, as Dwayne Johnson (aka the guy who will soon be formerly known as The Rock) and the Gridiron Gang finished first at the box office with $15 million. Pic marks the tenth number one film for Sony this year, breaking the previous record set by the same studio back in 2003.
Despite lukewarm reviews and its debuting in over a thousand less theaters, Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia snuck into the weekend's number two spot with $10.4 million. Even with an all-star cast that includes Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank, I'd expect the negative buzz to hurt the film heading into its second week. Let's see if I'm right. With not much family-friendly type stuff out in theaters, Everyone's Hero (the animated film Christopher Reeve was working on prior to his death) snatched up the third spot, bringing in roughly $6.2 million from 2,896 theaters.
With only a couple thousand dollars separating the two, The Last Kiss (in which Zach Braff stars as a guy who's dissatisfied with where his life is at) just barely beat The Covenant (whose $4.7 million marked a 46% drop off in sales from the previous week in which it finished number one), capturing roughly $4.702 million.
Full numbers after the jump.