Audiences keep betting on ’21’

Card thriller nabs top spot Friday with $5.2 mil

Sony’s gambling drama “21” trumped George Clooney’s screwball comedy opener “Leatherheads” for the top spot at the Friday box office, cashing in $5.2 million from 2,653 theaters.

While yesterday proved to be a soft day at the April box office, “21” managed to forgo a sizeable loss in its second Friday, weathering a 40% decline. The eight-day total cume for the Kevin Spacey-Jim Sturgess starrer currently stands at $36.6 million.

Tackling $4.5 million from 2,769 fields, the first day B.O. for “Leatherheads” ranked slightly ahead of Clooney’s previous PG-13 screwball comedy “Intolerable Cruelty” which charted an opening day of $4.1 million in October 2003. The final three-day score for “Leatherheads” should fall just above the $12.5 million generated by “Intolerable.”

Fox Walden’s frosh moppet release “Nim’s Island” landed third with a ho-hum $3.8 million off 3,513.

DreamWorks/Paramount wide horror release “The Ruins” co-produced by Spyglass was buried by the competition in fourth place with $2.8 million from 2,812 tombs.

Taking a 52% dip from a week ago, Fox-Blue Sky’s “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” hung around in fifth with $2.5 million off 3,571 and a total cume to date of $124.5 million.

Par Classics’ Martin Scorsese concert doc “Shine a Light” about the Rolling Stones received satisfaction from Friday auds, raking in $422,000 from 276 sites for a theater average of $1,530. Pic’s first Friday is close to double that of “U2 3D’s” which charted $229,000 in January, however that concert film unspooled on a Wednesday in significantly less venues.

In its third frame, the Weinstein Co.-Fox Searchlight Spanish-lingo pic “Under the Same Moon” continued to hover high with arthouse crowds, grossing $421,000 in its third Friday, a 23% dip from 437, with a running cume of $7.6 million.

The Weinstein Co.’s new entry “My Blueberry Nights,” the first English lingo pic by Hong Kong stylist Wong Kar Wai, posted the day’s highest theater average of $3,836 or $23,000 at six locations. The Jude Law-Norah Jones romantic drama should chart just behind the opening of the helmer’s February 2001 film “In the Mood for Love” which also bowed at six theaters, racking up an opening day of $31,710 and a three-day of $113,280.

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