Zac's still got it (weekend movie box-office)

The weekend’s top-five movies (estimated totals courtesy of Box Office Mojo; final figures will be available Monday afternoon):

1. 17 Again
$24.1 million
2. State of Play
$14.1 million
3. Monsters vs. Aliens
$12.9 million
4. Hannah Montana: The Movie
$12.7 million
5. Fast and Furious
$12.3 million

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.

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