Too bad its not a better movie

‘Anger Management’ Tops Box Office
LOS ANGELES – “Anger Management” bullied its way to the No. 1 spot with a whopping $44.5 million box office in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson comedy revived the box office after four straight slumping weekends as the top 12 movies took in $86.9 million, up 6 percent from the same weekend last year.
“Anger Management” grossed more than the rest of the top 12 combined. Last weekend’s No. 1, “Phone Booth,” fell to second place with $7.5 million.
Playing in 3,551 theaters, “Anger Management” averaged an impressive $12,532 a cinema. The weekend’s other main new release, Rob Zombie’s gory horror tale “House of 1,000 Corpses,” was No. 7 with $3.4 million in 595 theaters, for a $5,714 average.
“Anger Management” had the highest gross ever for a movie opening in April, beating the previous record of $36.1 million set by last year’s “The Scorpion King.”
Sandler plays a mild-mannered man railroaded into anger counseling with a therapist, played by Nicholson, who puts him through ordeals that goad him into comic outbursts.
Audiences have gobbled up comedies this year, possibly because they are looking for escape from news about the Iraq war. The $100 million hit “Bringing Down the House” was No. 1 for three straight weekends, and “Head of State” debuted at the top of the box office.
“The comedy genre this year is just incapable of burning out,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “People are looking to blow off steam. What better way than seeing a movie that combines Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler?”
In limited release, the low-budget “Better Luck Tomorrow” had a huge first weekend, grossing $398,489 in just 13 theaters for an average of $30,653. Directed by Justin Lin, the film features a cast of unknowns in the story of straight-A, Asian-American teens who, bored with their suburban lives, slide into petty crimes that lead to violence.
MTV Films acquired the movie at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, feeling its fresh faces, dark humor, eclectic music and ambivalent ending would appeal to the network’s youthful audience.
Asian-Americans made up a bit more than half the audience, but the filmmakers hope it can cross over to a wider crowd as the movie expands to more theaters over the next two weekends.
“These kids could be anybody,” said Van Toffler, MTV president. “It’s silly to underestimate the eclectic moviegoing tastes of our demographic. The cast doesn’t have to look or feel like them for them to want to see it.”
Here are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Anger Management,” $44.5 million.
2. “Phone Booth,” $7.5 million.
3. “What a Girl Wants,” $6.7 million.
4. “Bringing Down the House,” $4.6 million.
5. “A Man Apart,” $4.5 million.
6. “Head of State,” $4 million.
7. “House of 1,000 Corpses,” $3.4 million.
8. “Chicago,” $3.3 million.
9. “The Core,” $3.2 million.
10. “Basic,” $2.2 million.