The "Virgin" Explodes with a $20 Million Opening Weekend

by | August 22, 2005 | Comments

Steve Carell‘s "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" unzipped approximately $20.6 million from over 2,800 theaters during its debut weekend, making it the second R-rated comedy (after "Wedding Crashers") to make a big splash this summer.

Debuting in second place was the airborne thriller "Red Eye," which snagged $16.5 million from nearly 3,100 theaters, thereby making leading lady Rachel McAdams the new "it" girl of the summer.

Holding on in third place was last weekend’s leader, "Four Brothers," which added an estimated $13 million to its $43.6 million total. Fourth place was awarded to the still-popular "Wedding Crashers," which jammed another $8.2 million into its overstuffed pockets ($178 million all told). Rounding out the top 5 was last weekend’s "The Skeleton Key," which tallied $7.2 million for a total just over $30 million.

Two other newcomers, Disney’s "Valiant," and Fox’s "Supercross," didn’t fare so well, grossing $6 million from 2,000 theaters and $1.3 million from 1,600 theaters, respectively.

Next weekend’s wide releases include the subterranean thriller "The Cave," Terry Gilliam‘s "The Brothers Grimm," and the romantic comedy "Undiscovered."

As always, feel free to stop by the Rotten Tomatoes Box Office page for a closer look at the weekend numbers.

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