'Failure to Launch' lands in the top movie spot

THE BALTIMORE SUN

LOS ANGELES -- Failure to Launch, a romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, took off at theaters, debuting as the top weekend movie with $24.6 million.

Remakes opened in second and third place. Disney's family flick The Shaggy Dog, starring Tim Allen, was No. 2 with $16 million, and Fox Searchlight's horror tale The Hills Have Eyes was No. 3 with $15.5 million, according to studio estimates yesterday.

Reviews generally were poor for all three new films, but they overcame the weak critical reception to combine for a healthy $56.1 million.

Shown are the weekend's top films, according to Exhibitor Relations (final figures will be released today), with estimated sales.

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