‘Dangerous’ prosperous at box office

Nicolas Cage film pulls in $2.7 million Friday

Lionsgate’s English-language remake “Bangkok Dangerous,” toplining Nicolas Cage, led the box office with $2.7 million in what was a tepid first Friday of the fall box office season.

With the close of summer, the first frame of fall typically sees a slowdown, although this year is looking to be weaker than most. “Bangkok,” playing in 2,650 theaters, is the only wide release of the frame and held an edge over a string of summer holdovers.

Having already bowed in Spain and France, the R-rated actioner minted an international B.O. total of $5 million. Pic unpools in Russia this weekend.

“Bangkok,” about the exploits of a remorseless hitman, is from Hong Kong filmmakers Danny and Oxide Pang. Their original Thai-language film was given a limited release stateside in 2001 by First Look Pictures and generated $24,000 from two prints according to Rentrak.

Paramount-DreamWorks’ “Tropic Thunder,” which held the No. 1 spot at the box office the past three weekends, came in No. 2 on Friday. Pic dipped 30% to second place with $2.1 million from 3,446 for a cume of $91.4 million.

Sony’s Anna Faris comedy “House Bunny” slotted third with $1.7 million, down 33% at 2,736, raising its domestic total in the midst of its third frame to $32.8 million.

Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” continued to chart in the top five, placing fourth yesterday with $1.4 million, down 33%, off 2,575, with a boffo haul of $507.9 million.

Placing No. 5 , Overture’s Don Cheadle-Guy Pearce suspenser “Traitor” posted $1.3 million in its second Friday off 2,108, declining 41% decline for a 10-day B.O. take of $14.3 million.