Gambling paid off for Sony this weekend, as Robert Luketic’s 21 won big at the box office this weekend. The card-counting caper, based on Ben Mezrich’s bestselling book, Bringing Down the House, about a band of MIT students who take Vegas for millions, took in close to $24 million in its opening weekend. Horton Hears a Who continued its strong run, bringing in an impressive $17.4 million in its third weekend.
The only other new films to break the top 10 this weekend were Craig Mazin’s (Scary Movie 3 & 4) latest spoof, Superhero Movie, which earned an estimated $9.5 million, and Kimberly Peirce’s Iraq War drama Stop-Loss, which brought in just over $4.5 million.
Box office totals courtesy of The-Numbers.com.