'Speed Racer' settles for third-place finish

Paramount’s “Iron Man” continued to hammer out box office gold in its second Friday of the summer season with $15.3 million, however, Fox-Regency’s “What Happens in Vegas” trumped Warner Bros.’ “Speed Racer” for second place.

Playing at 4,111 sites, “Iron Man’s” second Friday reps the third best among Marvel’s titles in May behind “Spider-Man’s” $19.9 million in 2002 and “Spider-Man 3’s” $17.2 million last year. Both pics respectively posted second weekend hauls of $71.4 million and $58.2 million. Through its first eight days, the domestic B.O. for “Iron Man” currently stands at $141.9 million.

Grossing $7.2 million from 3,215 locations, “Vegas” repped an opening day high for a romantic comedy in May, besting the $6.5 million charted by 1999’s “Notting Hill” which went on to generate a three-day take of $21.8 million.

The Wachowski Brothers’ “Speed Racer” slotted third on Friday with $6.2 million from 3,606 sites. Despite the pic’s soft start, “Racer” still has an eye on arriving in second place once the checkered flag is waved at the weekend box office.

As is typical during the school season, most family fare fuels up from Saturday and Sunday matinees. Live-action PG pics such as 2001’s “Spy Kids” have seen spikes as high as 60% between their Friday and Saturday figures.

Claiming fourth was Sony’s romantic comedy “Made of Honor,” ringing up $2.4 million at 2,734 engagements, a 57% decline from its first Friday and a running eight-day cume of $21.1 million.

Universal’s Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “Baby Mama” took fifth with $1.9 million from 2,627, down 46%, bringing its domestic take in the middle of its third frame to $36.5 million.

The David Mamet-helmed drama-actioner “Redbelt,” distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, kicked up $325,000 after expanding its theater count from six to 1,379 yesterday. Since opening last Friday, “Redbelt” has earned $422,000.

Another specialty label title, Paramount Vantage’s “Son of Rambow” saw a 144% uptick in its second Friday after upping its theaters from five to 36 yesterday. “Rambow” generated $36,000 for a per location take of $1,000.

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