Rush Hour 3 and Daddy Day Camp are both sequels. The comparisons end there.
Rush Hour 3, the buddy-cop action comedy that reunited franchise stars Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan with director Brett Ratner, topped the multiplex standings with a smooth $49.1 million debut, per officialy studio tallies compiled by Exhibitor Relations Monday.
Daddy Day Camp, the follow-up to the 2003 Eddie Murphy hit but one that did not star Eddie Murphy, bombed with $3.4 million (10th place) in its debut weekend.
The other major new release, the fantasy Stardust, starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeieffer, proved neither terribly magical nor altogether tragic, taking in a so-so $9.2 million (fourth place).
Rush Hour 3 was a step down for the series. Rush Hour 2 made more money ($67.4 million) on hundreds of fewer screens during its opening weekend back in 2001.
Daddy Day Camp would have killed for Rush Hour 3's relative problems.
The recast sequel, with Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. in place of the non-Oscar-winning Murphy, averaged just $1,459 on each of its screens, compared with Rush Hour 3's $13,297. The movie, which bowed on Wednesday, has banked $4.9 million overall, or about one-fifth of what Daddy Day Care made in 36 hours back in 2003.
In the scheme of things that happen to former child stars directing Daddy Day Camp, as The Wonder Years' Fred Savage did, making his feature debut behind the camera, things aren't really so bad. Even Ron Howard had his Willow.
Elsewhere, The Bourne Ultimatum ($32.9 million; $131.6 million overall) moved into second place on the list of all-time Bourne movies (there have been three), and dropped into second place on the weekend chart after a now standard second-weekend ticket-sales drop of 53 percent.
In its third weekend, The Simpsons Movie ($11.3 million; $152.4 million overall) worked its way down to third place.
In its fourth weekend, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (seventh place, $5.9 million; $103.8 million overall) became the eighth Adam Sandler comedy to break the $100 million mark.
And in its sixth weekend, Transformers ($3.2 million; $302.9 million overall) fell out of the top 10 but became only the fourth movie this year to top $300 million.
Like Transformers, Hot Rod ($2.2 million; $11 million overall) and Bratz ($1.4 million; $7.6 million overall) ended their stays in the top 10. Unlike Transformers, Hot Rod and Bratz won't make $300 million, even if they combined their takes and multiplied by eight.
The Jane Austen romance, Becoming Jane ($2.9 million; $4.5 million overall), meanwhile, moved on to 601 theaters but couldn't move on into the top 10.
Also failing to crack the big leagues: Skinwalkers, which probably produced more billboard ads than ticket buyers en route to ensuring that Daddy Day Camp didn't play to the weekend's emptiest houses. Taking in $523,348 on 745 screens, the new no-star horror movie averaged just $702 per theater.
The biggest per-capita hit of the weekend was Julie Delpy's 2 Days in Paris, which lived up to its glowing reviews with a glowing $173,641 at 10 theaters, for a per-screen average of $17,634.
Here's a rundown of the top 10 films based on final Friday-Sunday studio figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. Rush Hour 3, $49.1 million
2. The Bourne Ultimatum, $32.9 million
3. The Simpsons Movie, $11.3 million
4. Stardust, $9.2 million
5. Hairspray, $6.4 million
6. Underdog, $6.35 million
7. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, $5.9 million
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, $5.4 million
9. No Reservations, $3.9 million
10. Daddy Day Camp, $3.4 million
(Originally published Aug. 12, 2007 at 3:28 p.m. PT.)