'Daredevil' fends off 'Old School' challenger

— Serious film proved no match for a daredevil and a big old frat party.

Ben Affleck's superhero adventure "Daredevil" remained the No. 1 movie for the second straight weekend with $18.9 million, pushing its 10-day total to $70.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Old School," starring former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Will Ferrell with Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson as thirtysomething partiers who form a college fraternity, debuted a close second with $17.5 million.

A rush of heavy new dramas had modest to weak openings. "The Life of David Gale," starring Kevin Spacey as a capital-punishment opponent who lands on death row, was No. 6 with $7.2 million.

The Civil War epic "Gods and Generals," featuring Robert Duvall in a prequel to "Gettysburg," debuted at No. 8 with $4.8 million. "Dark Blue," with Kurt Russell and Ving Rhames in a police thriller set in the days leading up to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, opened in ninth place with $3.75 million.

Hollywood had a solid weekend overall, with the top 12 movies grossing $96.2 million, up 14 percent from the same weekend last year.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:

1. "Daredevil," $18.9 million.

2. "Old School," $17.5 million.

3. "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," $11.9 million.

4. "The Jungle Book 2," $8.6 million.

5. "Chicago," $8.5 million.

6. "The Life of David Gale," $7.2 million.

7. "Shanghai Knights," $6.4 million.

8. "Gods and Generals," $4.8 million.

9. "Dark Blue," $3.75 million.

10. "The Recruit," $3.5 million.


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