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“Jackass 3D” pulls in $50 million to win weekend

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The guys who like to hurt themselves proved no match for the recently-discussed “3D Curse” among Hollywood insiders. It turns out Johnny Knoxville, Steve O, Bam Margera and the rest of the “Jackass” crew are more popular in 3D than they were in two dimension. The third installment of the popular cable television show “Jackass 3D” turned in a whopping $50 million for the weekend and easily won the top slot.

The $50 million take was far past the previous two entries in the series. The first one opened with $22.8 million during its first weekend. The second one, which opened in 2006, earned $29 million its first weekend. For 2010 it was the third straight movie to win the weekend for Paramount Studios.

The movie sets records

Not only was it the biggest opening for movies in the “Jackass” series, it also set a number of other records. It was the largest opening weekend for a movie in October by beating the $41.8 million earned by “Scary Movie 3” in 2003. Of course, “Jackass 3D” was in three dimensions which means tickets were more expensive than those of “Scary Movie 3” which actually sold more tickets at the time.

The number two movie was the Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich action/comedy “Red.” It earned $22.5 million.

The previous two weekend-champion “The Social Network” still held on strong. It came in third place with $11 million. It’s total amount since its opening now stand at $63.1 million.

Clint Eastwood’s latest, starring Matt Damon, opened very strongly and played in only six theaters throughout the entire country. “Hereafter” earned $231,000 and had an average of $38,500 per theater.

As for the top movies, “Secretariat” came in fourth place with $9.5 million. In fifth was “Life As We Know It” with $9.2 million.

Other movies that have been opened for a while and continue to remain in the top ten include “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” which was in sixth place and earned $4.2 million. “The Town” is still going strong and came in seventh place after earning $4 million. “Easy E” continued to hold on in ninth place with $2.7 million. Rounding out the top ten is “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and it earned $2.4 million.

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