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Call it too little, too late. For 20th Century Fox's The Transporter 2 broke Labor Day weekend boxoffice opening records, bowing to $20.1 million for the four-day holiday frame. The actioner buoyed the last weekend of summer to an up close despite theater closures throughout Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. But it did little to boost the overall summer boxoffice, which at the official end of summer stands at $6.07 billion compared to last year's $6.57 billion. Universal Pictures' The 40-Year-Old Virgin held on tight for its third week, dropping to the second spot but earning an impressive $16.5 million for the four-day frame. Universal's specialty division Focus Features had a successful bow with its Ralph Fiennes suspense thriller, The Constant Gardener, which earned $10.8 million. The Fernando Meirelles-directed film bowed Wednesday, putting its six-day cume at $12.5 million. The other two wide releases generated little heat at the boxoffice. Miramax's Underclassman, starring Nick Cannon, barely made the grade with moviegoers, earning a paltry $3 million, and it didn't get into the top 10 despite opening in more than 1,100 theaters. Warner Bros. Pictures' A Sound of Thunder was quiet as a mouse with a $1.1 million opening and a No. 17 ranking for Labor Day weekend.


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