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Last Updated: Monday, 16 May, 2005, 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK
Fonda comedy tops US box office
Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez in Monster-in-Law
Monster-in-Law has not been well received by the critics
Comedy Monster-in-Law, which marks actress Jane Fonda's return to the big screen after a 15-year absence, has topped the US box office charts.

Monster-in-Law, which sees Fonda, 67, play prospective mother-in-law to co-star Jennifer Lopez, took $24m (13.4m) across the weekend.

Football comedy Kicking & Screaming, starring Robert Duvall and Will Ferrell, entered at number two.

However, neither film lifted Hollywood out of its current box-office slump.

Takings for the past 12 weekends have been down compared with the same period last year.

NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE CHART
Orlando Bloom in Kingdom of Heaven
1. Monster-in-Law, $24m
2. Kicking & Screaming, $21m
3. Unleashed, $10.6m
4. Kingdom of Heaven (above), $9.6m
5. Crash, $7.2m
Friday-Sunday. Source: Exhibitor Relations

However, box office returns were up 21.7 per cent from last weekend.

"I'm encouraged by these numbers," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"As we head into the week of Star Wars, this is definitely a positive-looking marketplace."

This weekend's top 10 contained two other new releases, the martial arts thriller Unleashed, starring Jet Li, at number three, and the psychological thriller Mindhunters, starring Val Kilmer and LL Cool J, at number 10.

Sir Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven fell to number four, after a disappointing opening of just $20m (11.2m) last weekend.

The slump is expected to end on Thursday when the final Star Wars film, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, hits screens, kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US.

"There's nothing wrong with our business that a good movie won't fix," said David Tuckerman, head of distribution for New Line Cinema, which released Monster-in-Law.

"Star Wars will jump-start us."





SEE ALSO:
Kingdom of Heaven tops US chart
09 May 05 |  Entertainment
Hitchhiker's tops US box office
02 May 05 |  Entertainment
Vietnam vet spits at Jane Fonda
21 Apr 05 |  Entertainment
Fonda speaks of Vietnam 'regret'
01 Apr 05 |  Entertainment
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30 Apr 05 |  Entertainment


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