Jude, Gwyneth and Angelina Jolie's new movie is No. 1 with a so-so $16.2 million

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 20, 2004 08:00 AM

Not exactly setting the world on fire, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow nevertheless landed in the No. 1 box-office spot with a modest take ($16.2 million) amid an overall sluggish weekend at the movies.

The $70 million fantasy, originally planned for a summer release, stars Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie cast against digitally animated giant robots on a backdrop of 1939 New York. Critics were divided about the storyline, though the art direction got high marks.

Among the other lackluster openings, Mr. 3000, a baseball comedy starring Bernie Mac, pulled in $9.2 million for second place, and Wimbledon, a romantic comedy starring Kirsten Dunst as a rising tennis player who falls for a fading star, played by British actor Paul Bettany, took in $7.8 million.

The top 10 movies saw a decline of more than 25 percent compared to a year ago, when Underworld led the box office, the Associated Press reports.

The weekend’s Top 10, according to studio estimates, are as follows:

1. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, $16.2 million 2. Mr. 3000, $9.2 million 3. Resident Evil: Apocalypse, $9 million 4. Wimbledon, $7.8 million 5. Cellular, $6.87 million 6. Without a Paddle, $3.7 million 7. Hero, $2.95 million 8. Napoleon Dynamite, $2.4 million 9. Collateral, $2.3 million 10. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, $2 million