In the US, poorly-reviewed adventure Fool's Gold (starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson) is a hit with audiences, taking #1... while another critical turkey, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (a Martin Lawrence comedy) also does well, taking #1... The Eye holds on, doing decent business at #4... Juno is still very popular with Americans, after weeks of release, at #5... Rambo takes a bruising tumble from #5 to #8... atrocious "comedy" Meet The Spartans deservedly falls 5 places to #9... and BAFTA-winning drama There Will Be Blood continues to prop up the chart at #10...
US TOP 10
1. Fool's Gold $21.6m
2. Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins $16.2m
3. Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Concert $10.3m
4. The Eye $6.53m
5. Juno $5.6m
6. 27 Dresses $5.41m
7. The Bucket List $5.28m
8. Rambo $4.48m
9. Meet The Spartans $4.11m
10. There Will Be Blood $3.98m
In the UK, despite superlative reviews Juno can only take #2, as family-friendly adventure National Treasure 2 takes #1... Cloverfield holds up well at #3, with people still eager to see the monster... likewise Sweeney Todd at #5 (with word-of-mouth that -- ssshhh --it's a musical, not affecting trade)... The Water Horse also persuades parents to take their kids along for a half-term "treat", in at #5... Ryan Reynolds comedy Definitely, Maybe does surprisingly okay at #6... No Country For Old Men has a big drop from #5 to #9... likewise Penelope, from #4 to #8... while Alvin & The Chipmunks sing their last at #10...
UK TOP 10
1. National Treasure: Book Of Secrets £2.4m
2. Juno £2m
3. Cloverfield £1.6m [review]
4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street £765k [review]
5. The Water Horse £760k
6. Definitely, Maybe £698k
7. Over Her Dead Body £574k
8. Penelope £425k
9. No Country For Old Man £411k
10. Alvin & The Chipmunks £219k
UK RELEASES THIS WEEK
ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE
A group of high school students invite a blossoming young girl to a summer party at a secluded ranch, only to find themselves being killed one by one... Horror starring Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able & Michael Welch.
THE BUCKET LIST
Two terminally-ill old men leave their hospital ward to go on a road trip together, completing a wish list of "things to do before they die". Comedy drama starring Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman.
A young man with the ability to teleport (or "jump") anywhere on the planet discovers he's not alone, and his kind are being hunted... Sci-fi action starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell & Rachel Bilson.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
A story about family, green, religion and oil, centred on a prospector in the early days of the oil business. Drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O'Connor & Martin Stringer, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.