The weekend’s top-five movies (estimated totals courtesy of Box Office Mojo; final figures will be available Monday afternoon):
1. 17 Again
2. State of Play
3. Monsters vs. Aliens
4. Hannah Montana: The Movie
5. Fast and Furious
Poster art courtesy New Line Cinema
As expected, the comic fantasy “17 Again” was the weekend’s top draw — thanks to the rabid fanbase of the film’s star, Zac Efron.
The political thriller “State of Play” also had a decent opening, and the animated comedy “Monsters vs. Aliens” became the year’s biggest film (so far) on the basis of another strong, three-day period.
Meanwhile, the “Hannah Montana” film had an expected, steep drop in its second weekend. And “Fast and Furious” idled in fifth place.
Another new movie, “Crank: High Voltage,” finished out of the top five, with an estimated $6.5 million in ticket sales.
These films will all face strong challenges from several new, high-profile releases on Friday — including the nature documentary “Earth” and “The Soloist.” This is the last weekend before the start of what is expected to be a huge 2009 summer movie season.