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Weekend Box Office update

Monday, March 27, 2006

Los Angeles(Reuters): Last weekend's champ, the futuristic terrorist drama ''V for Vendetta,'' slipped to No 2 with 12.3 million dollars for the Friday-to-Sunday period, taking its 10-day haul to 46.2 million dollars. The film, starring Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman, has earned about 17.7 million dollars from 24 markets. It was released by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Pictures.

The box office boasted two other new entries. Walt Disney Co.'s video game thriller ''Stay Alive,'' which surpassed expectations by opening at No 3 with 11.2 million; dollars and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s comedy ''Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,'' which opened at No. 7 with a modest 7.1 million dollars. ''Stay Alive'' revolves around a group of youngsters who discover that players who lose the titular video game die mysteriously. Three-quarters of the audience was aged 25 and under, said Disney, which had been hoping for an opening in the 7 million dollars to 10 million dollars range. ''Stay Alive'' marks the first release under Disney's resurrected Hollywood Pictures label, which will focus on genre films.

''Larry the Cable Guy,'' starring the popular blue-collar stand-up comic, played mostly to male viewers over 21, Lions Gate said. The studio had hoped for an opening in the 7 million dollars to 9 million dollars ange. Rounding out the top five, Paramount Pictures' hit romantic comedy ''Failure to Launch'' fell two to No 4 with 10.8 million, dollars followed by Walt Disney Pictures' comedy remake ''The Shaggy Dog'' with 9.1 million dollars, also down two places. Their respective totals stand at 63.9 million dollars and 47.9 million dollars, both after three weeks. Paramount is a unit of Viacom Inc.

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