It was man versus machine at the box office over the weekend, and the heap of metal won. Sci-fi remake The Time Machine
opened at No. 1 with $22.5 million, dethroning last week's champ, We Were Soldiers
. Although Mel Gibson
and his troops slipped to No. 2, Soldiers
's $14.5 million gross was down only 29 percent from last weekend. In other debut news, urban comedy All About the Benjamins
bowed at No. 3 with $10.1 million. Rounding out the top five: 40 Days and 40 Nights
(No. 4 with $7.1 million) and John Q
(No. 5 with $6 million).