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Virgin stays on top of US chart
Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Carell is in the US version of The Office
Sex comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin has kept its place on top of the North American box office chart.

The film is a vehicle for Steve Carell, star of the US version of The Office, and took $16m (9m)in its second week.

Carell co-wrote the film, which casts him as a middle-aged worker in an electronics shop whose colleagues discover he has never had sex.

Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon, debuted in second place with $15.1m (8.3).

The Cave, an underground monster movie featuring a cast of unknowns, opened at number six with $6.2m (3.4m).

The weekend's other new release - the romance Undiscovered, featuring Ashlee Simpson and Pell James as friends who fabricate media buzz to help a friend's music career - flopped with just $690,000 (382,700), finishing far out of the top 10.

US AND CANADA BOX OFFICE
1. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
2.The Brothers Grimm
3. Red Eye
4. Four Brothers
5. Wedding Crashers
Source: Exhibitor Relations

Hollywood is having its worst year since the late 1990s, with summer attendance expected to come in 12% behind last year, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The release of The Brothers Grimm was delayed for a year as Gilliam fought over the final version with brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, the heads of Miramax Films, whose Dimension banner released the movie.

The Brothers Grimm is among a number of Miramax movies now being released as the Weinsteins prepare to depart Disney-owned Miramax for a new film company they have formed.

"It's a respectable opening," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations. "You can't underestimate the following that Terry Gilliam has."


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