Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise and the first follow-up reuniting all four stars of the 2001 original — Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster — topped the box office with a $72.5 million opening weekend, 2009's best debut to date.
To achieve that honor, Fast & Furious shattered the $59.3 million mark set just last weekend by Monsters vs. Aliens, which dropped to second place this cycle with a $33.5 million haul.
Fast & Furious also set a record for ...
Monsters vs. Aliens
Monsters vs. Aliens was the decided victor at the weekend box office, reeling in $58.2 million. The haul eclipsed Watchmen's $55 million debut as the biggest so far in 2009.
Opening way back in second place was ...
Nicolas Cage scared off Julia Roberts and a bro-mantic duo as his disaster action flick, Knowing, emerged victorious at the weekend box office, snatching up $24.8 million.
The weekend's other two big releases, I Love You, Man, and Duplicity, Roberts' leading-lady comeback, followed in second and third, with $18 million ...
Watchmen saw itself topple the weekend competition with a $55.7 million haul — the biggest 2009 opening so far.
The graphic novel adaptation did fall short of one record though — ...
Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience
So much for world domination.
Despite plenty of hype and a weekend theater-invasion tour, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience opened second to Madea Goes to Jail, earning $12.7 million. The soft opening was well below industry expectations, which had the trio earning about twice as much. Fellow teen idol Miley Cyrus' 3-D picture, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds, opened to $31.1 million last year.
Madea Goes to Jail locked in the top spot for the second consecutive week with $16.5 million, putting its 10-day tally at $64.9 million.
Nipping at the Jonas Brothers' heels was ...
Christian Bale, The Dark Knight
As Heath Ledger became the second posthumous Oscar winner over the weekend, his film, The Dark Knight, wrote itself into history books as well. The Bat sequel became the fourth film to cross the $1 billion threshold in worldwide box office, joining Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Variety reports.
The Dark Knight, which was re-released in IMAX theaters Jan. 23, has now grossed ...
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
Madea went to prison, but she sure ain't singing the blues.
Madea Goes to Jail not only topped this weekend's box office, it also delivered the Tyler Perry series' biggest opening ever — $41.1 million.
Last weekend's champ, Friday the 13th, slumped to sixth, collecting $7.8 mil.
Taken took second in its fourth week of release, adding $11.4 mil to ...
Friday the 13th
Jason-Jason-Jason ... kill-kill-killed the competition at the box office, as Friday the 13th (starring Supernatural's Jared Padalecki) earned $42.2 million in its opening weekend. That marks a record debut for a horror pic, besting the $39.1 mil scared up by The Grudge. (With prices adjusted, however, the 2004 chiller sold more tickets.)
Falling to second was ...
Liam Neeson, Taken
Paul Blart: Mall Cop has clocked out as box office champ, ceding the No. 1 spot to Liam Neeson's Taken, which took $24.6 million in its opening weekend. Paul Blart settled into the two-spot with a $14 million haul, bringing its total-to-date to $83 mil.
Rounding out the top five were ...
Kevin James, Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Kevin James is not just the King of Queens, but the king of the box office as well.
For the second weekend in a row, James' Paul Blart: Mall Cop topped the list, this time earning $21.5 million to bring its cumulative gross to $64.8 million.
The comedy edged Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which debuted to ...