Audiences ‘Break’ for Stiller comedy

Farrelly brothers movie nets $4.6 million Friday

Friday moviegoers hooked up with “The Heartbreak Kid,” shelling out $4.6 million for the Farrelly brothers’ R-rated comedy.

 Playing at 3,229 engagements, the first day receipts for the DreamWorks-Paramount pic were well above the $2 million generated by the helmers’ hit gross-out “There’s Something About Mary” which unspooled on a Wednesday in July 1998. 

 However, according to Rentrak, “Kid’s” coin falls short of the brothers’ previous Friday high marks, 2000’s “Me, Myself & Irene” and 2001’s “Shallow Hal,” which respectively generated $7.9 million and $7.3 million.  “Irene” went on to post a weekend opening of $24.2 million, while “Hal” bowed to $22.5 million.

 Coming in second Friday was Disney’s Dwayne Johnson family comedy “The Game Plan” which scored $4.3 million off 3,105 playdates, a 31% dip from its opening day last weekend.  Total cume to date for “Game” is $31 million.

U’s “The Kingdom” took third yesterday with $2.9 million on 2,802, repping a 52% decline from its first Friday and a total of $25 million.

Sony-Screen Gems “Resident Evil: Extinction” loaded up $1.24 million at 2,848 theaters for fourth, off 48% from last Friday.  Through its first 15 days, “Extinction” has grossed $40.4 million, pacing in sync with its previous 2004 fall installment “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.”

Placing fifth, Sony-TriStar’s Jennifer Lopez production “Feel the Noise” danced up $1.1 million at 1,015 on its opening day while Friday’s other frosh release, Fox-Walden’s “The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising” took in $1.08 million at 3,141.

Among the weekend’s limited rollouts, the Warner Bros. George Clooney starrer “Michael Clayton” collected $186,000 from 15 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.   Fox Searchlight’s Wes Anderson comedy “The Darjeeling Limited” minted $162,000 from 19 playdates for an eight-day cume of $391,000.  Expanding to 17 engagements yesterday, Ang Lee’s NC-17 epic “Lust, Caution” seduced $103,000 from niche auds on its second Friday, bringing its eight-day cume to $211,000.

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