A full four million behind was the pot-smoking sequel, "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" with its $14.6 million.
The real story here was the triumph of Tina Fey. After her sitcom, "30 Rock" was recently moved to the prime spot of 9:30 p.m. Thursday to close out NBC's Comedy Done Right night, now she is also the queen of the cinema too!
Fey's story of a high-powered executive who when she wants a child, realizes she can't and enlists the help of a surrogate (Amy Poehler) to hilarious results. Audiences embraced the spring movie hit "Baby Mama" in large numbers in both the male and female demographics. Fey has said that she wanted to create a new genre of film that took the "chick flick" to new heights. Her title for this new Fey-driven genre: "Dude-Safe."
"Baby Mama" was so "Dude Safe" it surpassed the most "dude" movie of the year. "Harold and Kumar" arrived with great expectation but proved to not be America's favorite comedy this week. Last week's number one, "The Forbidden Kingdom," with Jet Li and Jackie Chan fell to number three, earning $11.2 million.
The box office week that was:
1. Baby Mama , $18.3 million
2. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, $14.8 million
3. The Forbidden Kingdom, $11.2 million
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, $11 million
5. Nim's Island, $4.5 million
6. Prom Night, $4.4 million
7. 21, $4 million
8. 88 Minutes, $3.6 million
9. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, $2.4 million
10. Deception, $2.2 million
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