The ice kings pulled in lots of cold cash this weekend.
“Blades of Glory,” a goofball figure-skating comedy starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, earned $33 million at the box office, continuing Ferrell’s winning streak with absurd costumes and sports satire.
Blades of Glory
Will Speck, Josh Gordon (II)
Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer
(Paramount; US theatrical: 30 Mar 2007 (General release); UK theatrical: 6 Apr 2007 (General release); 2007)
The weekend’s other breakout hit was the new animated Disney flick “Meet the Robinsons,” a time-travel adventure that earned $25.1 million.
“Blades” puts Ferrell in his most absurd role since “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and also brings him back to the scene of his last big score, gently trashing a beloved American spectator sport.
Last summer’s NASCAR comedy earned almost $150 million.
Ferrell and Heder play bitter figure-skating rivals who are forced to team up to enter a pairs competition. The movie has been heavily promoted and got surprisingly good reviews.
After “Blades” and “The Robinsons,” there was a big dropoff to the No. 3 movie, “300.” The Greek warrior epic earned $11.2 million to run its total to $179.6 million and keep it on track for $200 million.
Last week’s No. 1 film, the animated “TMNT,” plunged to fourth place with $9.1 million for fourth place. “Wild Hogs” earned $8.4 million to finish fifth and run its total to $135.3 million.