People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

January 26, 2009|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

'Blart: Mall Cop' retains No. 1 box office ranking

Paul Blart: Mall Cop wasn't ready to turn over his box-office badge this weekend, as the film about a bumbling shopping center security guard earned $21.5 million to take the No. 1 spot for a second week in a row.

The comedy, starring Kevin James, has grossed $64.8 million in its two weeks of release and appears on its way to surpass $100 million.

The third installment of the Underworld series fared well in its opening weekend. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, a prequel that looks at the roots of a feud between vampires and werewolves, made $20.7 million.

The fantasy adventure Inkheart earned $7.7 million in its debut. The movie, taken from the best-selling novel by Cornelia Funke, features Brendan Fraser. Slumdog Millionaire, the drama about a game-show contestant from the slums of Mumbai, earned $10.6 million this weekend as the movie appeared in more than 1,400 theaters.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button re-entered the Top 10, earning $6 million to boost its total to $111 million. The Wrestler and Frost/Nixon also drew big crowds this weekend.

'Push' a Sundance hit

Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire scored a rare triple victory at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night, winning the grand jury prize and the audience award for drama, as well as a special jury prize for acting. Directed by Lee Daniels, best known for producing the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball, and adapted by Damien Pearl from the 1997 novel, Push tells the raw, nightmarish story of a 16-year-old pregnant girl who tries to escape the domination of her terrifying mother (played by Mo'Nique, who won an acting prize) and make something of her life.

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Singer Lucinda Williams, 56

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, 54

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres, 51

Actor Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), 45

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin, 39

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