With four new wide releases entering the marketplace this weekend, for the most part moviegoers in North America only had eyes for Sony
's Spider-Man 3
as everyone's favorite webslinger left theaters with an estimated $60 million on its sophomore frame, off a relatively modest 60% from its staggering record breaking debut of $151.1 million. The third installment based on the Marvel Comics character has racked up a riveting estimate of $242.1 million in 10 days.
On the international stage, the Tobey Maguire
starrer pulled in an estimated $85.5 million during the weekend, advancing the cume to $380 million, and combined with domestic for a worldwide boxoffice tally of an amazing $622.1 million for the Sam Raimi
Of the weekend's new arrivals, 20th Century Fox
's 28 Weeks Later
, from Fox Atomic, had the best showing. The sci-fi thriller is an apocalyptic sequel to 28 Days Later
, a story about a deadly virus that infects London, and easily captured the second spot with a somewhat disappointing estimate of $10 million from 2,303 theaters. The R-rated 28 Weeks, from director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
and starring Robert Carlyle
, opened near the first film's $10.1 million debut, but Days accomplished that feat with just 1,260 theaters.
In a counterprogramming move Universal
's Georgia Rule
put in its bid for female moviegoers this weekend, but the R-rated drama failed to generate much interest at the boxoffice with a third-place finish and an estimate of a weak $5.9 million from 2,523 sites. Lindsay Lohan
, Jane Fonda
and Felicity Huffman
star in the Morgan Creek production, which was directed by industry veteran Garry Marshall
. As projected, the audience was largely older females.
Holding up nicely in the fourth slot -- thanks to positive word of mouth -- was Paramount
, which slipped a meager 18% in its fifth weekend to scare up an estimated $4.8 million. Produced by DreamWorks
and Montecito Pictures, the PG-13 film has collected an estimated $66.3 million so far.Lionsgate
's Delta Farce
didn't provide much firepower at the boxoffice on its debut this weekend as the comedy marched into the fifth spot with an estimated $3.5 million from 1,931 theaters. Not surprisingly, the PG-13 picture, starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall
and DJ Qualls and helmed by C.B.