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'Sex and the City' Knocks Indiana Jones From Top of Box Office

'Sex and the City' and its frenzied female fans helped knock the latest 'Indiana Jones' adventure from atop the weekend box office standings, in what was just the movie's second weekend.

The movie based on the HBO tv series debuted with an unprecedented $55.7 million three-day gross, based on early studio estimates. Easily beating the expectations of its distributor, Warner Bros. Pictures, which hoped for an opening in the $25 million to $35 million range. Paramount Pictures' Indy adventure slipped to second spot with $46 million.

The debut makes 'Sex and the City' the top-opening romantic comedy of all time, surpassing 'Hitch' ($43 million), 'The Break-Up' ($39 million) and 'Knocked Up' ($31 million). Its three-day haul also ranks as it as the biggest R-rated comedy opening of all time, beating the $45 million of 'American Pie' in 1999.

But can the movie keep up its record opening? Early indications say no. The movie opened big on Friday, however, where other R-rated comedies get bigger on Saturday, SATC made less on Saturday, and even less on Sunday. However, add up the weekend figures and its nothing less than a huge success with the movie certainly covering its $65 million budget once international figures come in.

June 2, 2008 |

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