It looks like most of the country trusted Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy skills, and gave the terrible trailer for Baby Mama a pass, as the film raked in $18.3 million on 2,543 screens to open at No. 1 at the weekend box office. Not too far behind was Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, which took in $14.6 million on 2,510 screens.
It's a big win for Tina Fey, who proved she not only can create, write, produce, and star in the funniest comedy on TV, but that she can also open a movie at the box office -- even despite lackluster reviews. Turns out it paid to be a chick flick this weekend, as two-thirds of the moviegoers who turned out to watch Fey hire childish surrogate Poehler were women, while two-thirds of those paying to see Harold and Kumar take another trip were men.
After that, it was last week's top two films in a near dead heat for third. The Forbidden Kingdom came in just ahead with $11.2 million, compared to $11.0 million for Forgetting Sarah Marshall. But screen-for-screen, Forgetting Sarah Marshall did better, making $3,929 on each of 2,799 screens vs. The Forbidden Kingdom's take of $3,554 on each of 3,151 screens. The Jackie Chan-Jet Li martial arts flick is slightly ahead of the Judd Apatow-produced comedy in two-week totals: $38.3 million to $35.1 million.
Hugh Jackman-Ewan McGregor thriller Deception,the only other new film in wide release, opened at a disappointing No. 10, making only $2.3 million on 2,001 screens.
The rest of the top 10: 5. Nim's Island, $4.5 million; 6. Prom Night, $4.4 million; 7. 21, $4.0 million; 8. 88 Minutes, $3.6 million; 9. Horton Hears a Who, $2.4 million.