Mall Cop Wins Box Office Battle

Kevin James comedy beats Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2009 3:46 PM CST
In this image released by Sony Pictures, Bernie McInerney, left, and Kevin James and shown in the comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."    (AP Photo/Sony Pictures)
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(Newser) – A mall security guard on a Segway wrested control of the box office this weekend. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, a PG-rated comedy starring Kevin James, raked in $33.8 million to knock Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino from the top spot, Variety reports. Torino earned $22.2 million, a mere 25% drop from last weekend. Rounding out the top five: My Bloody Valentine 3-D ($21.9 million), Notorious ($21.5 million), and Hotel for Dogs ($17.7 million).