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As the weekend's lone new wide release, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard turned in a royal performance at the boxoffice this weekend. The action-comedy revved up $30.7 million on its debut to claim the top spot and consequently helped lift the overall session higher than the comparable frame last year. Co-produced with Village Roadshow and starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson, the filmed adaptation of the famed 1970s television series arrived at the high end of expectations, despite an abundance of less-than-flattering reviews. And while not setting any industry records the opening for the Jay Chandrasekhar-directed Dukes, which is rated PG-13, was a company best in August for the distributor. On the whole, it was a dominating weekend for the Time Warner filmed entertainment family. From three film divisions the company had five pictures in the weekend's top six films, whose combined boxoffice composed a stout 70% of the total for the session's top 12 features. And three of those five films have been sitting in the top spot for the past four consecutive weekends. The previous weekend's champ, New Line Cinema's Wedding Crashers, continued to defy boxoffice gravity, falling off a scant 18% in its fourth frame and landing in the second spot with $16.0 million. Helmed by David Dobkin and starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the R-rated sleeper hit comedy has racked up an impressive tally of $143.6 million to date.


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