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Baby Mama delivered a No. 1 opening for Universal this weekend, bouncing into the domestic boxoffice with an estimated $18.3 million.

That bested the $14.6 million bow by New Line/Warner Bros.' runner-up Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. Fox's Ewan McGregor starrer Deception debuted in 10th place with just $2.2 million.

The previous frame's No. 1 film, The Forbidden Kingdom -- from Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co., Casey Silver Prods. and Relativity Media -- slipped 48% to ring up $11.2 million in third place with a $38.3 million cume. Universal's R-rated comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall was still on the minds of enough moviegoers to register $11 million in fourth place, as a modest weekend-over-weekend drop of 38% shaped a 10-day cume of $35.1 million.

Sony's Al Pacino starrer 88 Minutes fell 48% in its second session to $3.6 million in eighth place with a $12.6 million cume. Meanwhile, Rocky Mountain's documentary "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" tumbled from the top 10 on a 54% decline in sophomore grosses to $1.4 million, with a $5.3 million cume.

Industrywide, the final weekend of the spring boxoffice notched a second consecutive three-day uptick, as $91 million in collective grosses marked a 17% improvement over the same frame last year, according to Nielsen EDI.

Yet overall, seasonal tallies have declined 18% from spring 2007, at $830 million. And 2008's $2.55 billion in year-to-date grosses represents a 2% dip from tallies over the same portion of last year.

In a limited bow this weekend, MGM's Burt Reynolds starrer Deal grossed $31,000 from 51 playdates. That was just $620 per engagement, boding a quick detour to DVD.

Newstyle Releasing's family adventure film A Plumm Summer debuted in 58 theaters in four markets and rung up $60,668, or a thin $1,046 per venue.


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