21 Beats the House Again

Gambling pic holds off rush by Leatherheads
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
From left, writer Ben Mezrich, real-life subject of the film Jeffrey Ma, and producer Dana Brunetti attend a Cinema Society screening of "21" at the IFC Center, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) 21 beat the odds for a second straight week and held off George Clooney’s Leatherheads, Variety reports. The gambling pic garnered $15.1 million, while the old-school football laffer, tripped up by poor reviews, tied with family flick Nim’s Island for second spot, each banking about $13.5 million.

Hit Horton took fourth place with $9.1 million, while The Ruins opened in fifth with $7.84 million and Superhero Movie banked $5.4 million in sixth. Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns earned $3.51 million in seventh and Drillbit Taylor made $3.49 million in eighth. Ticket sales kept slumping overall, down 27% among the top 12 films compared to this frame last year, Bloomberg reports.