All George Clooney and Jodie Foster had to do was beat a deck of cards—make that a surprisingly resilient deck of cards.
21 reigned again as the No. 1 movie at the weekend box office, topping Clooney's new Leatherheads and Foster's new Nim's Island, per figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations.
The card-counting drama pulled in another $15.3 million, bringing its two-week total to $45.3 million.
Despite preliminary Sunday estimates showing Leatherheads ahead of Nim's Island, final studio tallies on Monday had them flip-flopped.
A children's adventure starring former child star Foster and current child star Abigail Breslin, Nim's Island finished the weekend with $13.2 million. Leatherheads, a screwball comedy about old-school football directed by and starring Clooney, along with Renée Zellweger and The Office's John Krasinski, finished in third with $12.7 million.
Beyond where they finished in the standings, Nim's Island had the far worse weekend than Leatherheads. The family film played on nearly 1,000 more screens than the football comedy, but earned about $800 less per screen.
For a Clooney-directed film, Leatherheads was a relative blockbuster, making nearly as much in three days as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind made in four months.
But judged against other recent romantic comedies, Leatherheads came up short, unable to match the debuts of 27 Dresses ($23 million) or Fool's Gold ($21.6 million).
Here's a recap of the top-grossing weekend films based on final Friday-Sunday studio figures compiled by Exhibitor Relations:
1. 21, $15.3 million
2. Nim's Island, $13.2 million
3. Leatherheads, $12.7 million
4. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, $9.1 million
5. The Ruins, $8 million
6. Superhero Movie, $5.4 million
7. Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, $3.42 million
8. Drillbit Taylor, $3.41 million
9. Shutter, $2.83 million
10. 10,000 B.C., $2.8 million
(Originally published April 6, 2008 at 1:23 p.m. PT.)