debuted to slightly lower numbers than parts
, yet still topped the weekend box office with a $37.1 million haul, unseating
($21.3 mil) from the No. 1 spot.
Rounding out the top five were
Happy Feet: The Funny Version Surf's Up
(opening with $18 mil) and
Shrek the Third
($15.75 mil). The week's other newbie,
Hostel Part II
(or as I like to call it, "Poor, Poor Heather Matarazzo") came in at No. 6 with $8.75 mil, less than half of the original's first-weekend take.
Overall, the box office was down nine percent from a year ago, when
opened with $60 mil.