'Barbershop' continues to trim competition at box office

— American audiences couldn't resist a visit to the "Barbershop," as last week's top film earned an estimated $13.3 million to clip four newcomers and stay No. 1 at the box office.

"Barbershop is definitely benefiting from the two things � good word of mouth and good reviews," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

An ensemble comedy, "Barbershop" stars Ice Cube as the owner of his late father's haircutting business.

Of the new openings, "The Banger Sisters," about the reunion of two former rock groupies, starring Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon, finished in second place with an estimated $10.3 million.

Targeted at an audience of older women, the film "did very well with that group," said Steve Gilula, of Fox Searchlight Pictures, the distributor.

"Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever," a spy thriller featuring Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu, earned an estimated $7.11 million, to edge the Heath Ledger-period piece, "The Four Feathers," which earned $7.10 million.

The only other new film in release, "Trapped," a kidnapping thriller starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love and Kevin Bacon, finished in 10th place with an estimated $3.2 million.

"With so many movies opening, it really fragmented the audience. That's why we didn't see any of the newcomers come to the top of the pack," Dergarabedian said.

While the newcomers struggled, it was another consistent week for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which finished in third place, earning an estimated $10 million in its 23rd week of release.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Barbershop," $13.3 million.

2. "The Banger Sisters," $10.3 million.

3. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," $10 million.

4. "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever," $7.11 million.

5. "The Four Feathers," $7.10 million.

6. "One Hour Photo," $4.7 million.

7. "Stealing Harvard," $3.5 million (tie).

7. "Signs," $3.5 million (tie).

9. "Swimfan," $3.45 million.

10. "Trapped," $3.2 million.


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