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The wild and crazy antics of MTV's Jackass crew proved their appeal is not limited to the small screen. The Paramount Pictures feature film took in an estimated $22.7 million to top the boxoffice competition in its debut this weekend. Starring such underground daredevils as Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and Jason Wee-Man Acuna , Jackass: The Movie used every bit of its R rating to take the television series' trademark stunts to even greater extremes. The resulting product clicked with audiences -- particularly young males -- as the film's opening marks the third largest October opening ever. Jackass, an MTV Films production, opened in 2,509 theaters and scored an estimated per-theater average of $9,047. With a microscopic budget in the $5 million range, the film can already be considered a hit for Paramount. DreamWorks' thriller The Ring added 653 theaters this week, and it was met with open arms as it took in an estimated $18.8 million -- a 25% increase from last weekend's No. 1 debut. The take was good enough for a second-place finish this weekend and suggests that word of mouth on the film continues to be strong. The Warner Bros. horror feature Ghost Ship debuted in third place this weekend with an estimated $11.7 million. After earlier in the week becoming the seventh film this year to break the $100 million mark, Buena Vista's Reese Witherspoon starrer Sweet Home Alabama celebrated with an estimated $6.4 million take over the weekend, good enough for a fourth place finish. IFC Films' My Big Fat Greek Wedding added an estimated $6.3 million to its coffers this weekend to bring its cumulative gross to an estimated $177.8 million. Remarkably, the film continues to draw large audiences, as evidenced by this weekend's fifth-place finish and just a 12% drop from its previous weekend's take.


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