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Jackass’ boys deliver winner with $28.1 million debut

September 25, 2006

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— Johnny Knoxville and his pals pulled another prank on Hollywood as their sequel of crazy stunts, "Jackass Number Two," beat a rush of serious movies to take the top spot at the weekend box office.

Paramount's "Jackass Number Two" debuted with $28.1 million, with Focus Features' "Jet Li's Fearless," featuring the martial-arts master in a saga set in China a century ago, opening in second place with $10.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The weekend's other new wide releases debuted weakly, with MGM's World War I tale "Flyboys" opening at No. 4 with $6 million and Sean Penn's political drama "All the King's Men" from Sony premiering at No. 7 with $3.8 million.

Overall box office receipts declined for the third-straight weekend, the top-12 movies taking in $81.9 million, down 7 percent from the same period last year. That follows a solid summer for Hollywood, whereas movie attendance began picking up this time last year after a prolonged summer slump.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Jackass Number Two," $28.1 million.

2. "Jet Li's Fearless," $10.6 million.

3. "Gridiron Gang," $9.7 million.

4. "Flyboys," $6 million.

5. "Everyone's Hero," $4.75 million.

6. "The Black Dahlia," $4.4 million.

7. "All the King's Men," $3.8 million.

8. "The Covenant," $3.3 million.

9. "The Illusionist," $3.28 million.

10. "Little Miss Sunshine," $2.9 million.

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