‘Game Plan’ wins box office

Comedy squeezes past 'Kingdom'

Disney’s football-family comedy “The Game Plan” squeezed past U’s FBI-Middle Eastern actioner “The Kingdom” for the top spot at the Friday box office.

The Dwayne Johnson laffer scored $6.2 million at 3,103 theaters versus “The Kingdom’s” $6 million on 2,792, making it a tight race for this weekend’s B.O. crown.

Sony-Screen Gems’ zombie vidgame adaptation “Resident Evil: Extinction” held the third spot yesterday with $2.4 million at 2,828 theaters; a 75% drop from its opening Friday. Through its first eight days, the sequel’s current cume stands at $31.2 million.

In fourth place, Lionsgate’s Dane Cook-Jessica Alba romantic comedy “Good Luck Chuck” swooned $2 million at 2,612 engagements, down 60% on its second Friday, for a domestic cume of $19.3 million.

The Russell Crowe-Christian Bale western remake “3:10 to Yuma” continued to rope in moviegoers during its fourth Friday, collecting $1.2 million from 3,006 locales, off 32% from a week ago. To date, Lionsgate has generated $40.9 million in domestic coin from “Yuma.”

This Friday’s other new wide entry, MGM-Lakeshore’s “Feast of Love,” wooed few with $558,000 at 1,200 locations.

Arthouse auds continued to hike to Sean Penn’s teen bio “Into the Wild” in its second frame, grossing $185,000 at 33 locations, an uptick of 214% from last Friday.

Roadside Attractions’ new thriller “Trade” about the international sex slave network grossed $34,000 off 90 runs, while the Focus Features Ang Lee Chinese drama “Lust, Caution” bowed at one theater in New York to $19,000.

Holding at five hardtops, Warner Bros. Brad Pitt-Casey Affleck oater “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” dropped 37% from its opening Friday to $28,000 yesterday.

According to Rentrak, the last Friday of September 2006 had a slightly wider spread between its weekend’s top two entries with Sony’s animated pic “Open Season” grabbing $6.2 million and Disney’s action pic “The Guardian” grossing $5.8 million. Both “Season” and “Guardian” went on to respectively open at $23.6 million and $18 million.

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