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The fertility-themed all-girl comedy Baby Mama (Universal) has scored a weekend win over stoners Harold & Kumar. The SNL comedy duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have carried the day with an estimated $5.52M opening day, which should translate to $15.49M for the final 3-day period before the start of the lucrative blockbuster season.

The marijuana-themed R-rated reunion of Kal Penn and John Cho in Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo (Warner Bros) meanwhile didn’t “get high” enough to grab the weekend crown. The sequel to the 2004 Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, a video and cable hit, has generated $5.09M Friday, and it is headed for $13.48M. That makes the stoner comedy a solid #2 for the weekend, and the number is impressive considering that the original only managed $18.25M in domestic box office.

Universal’s other female-friendly comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall will experience only a 35% drop from its opening weekend. The critically-acclaimed, Judd Apatow-produced charmer added $3.61M on its 2nd Friday and will finish the 3-day with a solid $11.6M and a new cume of $35.6M.

Last week’s box office champ Forbidden Kingdom (Lionsgate) isn’t holding up quite as well. The Jackie Chan-Jet Li Chinese fable flew to another $3.35M on Friday, and it will battle its way to an estimated $10.34M. That’s down 52% from opening weekend.

The surprisingly resilient Prom Night (Sony) will likely hold off Nim’s Island (Fox) for the #5 spot. The slasher remake should manage to scare up another $4.25M in its 3rd weekend.

It is an understatement to call the other new wide release a disaster. Deception (Fox), starring Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams, is on 2,000 screens, but still failed to break $1M on opening day. Amazingly, this major studio release will finish the 3-day with $2.6M or so and a Per Theatre Average of just $1,289. This gem is making Pacino’s 88 Minutes look like a blockbuster.

2 independent film legends, Oscar winner Claude Lelouch and acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris, have new limited releases at the top of the weekend Per Theatre scoreboard. Lelouch’s Roman De Gare (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn) and Morris’ Abu Ghraib doc Standard Operating Procedure, are both on 2 screens and both seem headed for weekend PTAs of $9,000+. Also performing well in limited release is Then She Found Me (Thinkfilm), written, directed and starring Helen Hunt along with Bette Midler. The mother-daughter relationship drama is on 8 screens, and it is targeting $8,000 per for the 3-day.

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY 3-DAY PTA ESTIMATES
1. NEW – Roman De Gare (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn) – 2 locations – $9,138 PTA
2. NEW – Standard Operating Procedure (Sony Classics) – 2 locations – $9,113 PTA
3. NEW – Then She Found Me (Thinkfilm) – 9 locations – $8,000 PTA
4. NEW – Up the Yangtze (Zeitgeist) – 1 location – $7,500 PTA
5. NEW – Baby Mama (Universal) – 2,543 locations – $6,091 PTA
6. The Flight of the Red Balloon (IFC Films) – 11 locations – $5,545 PTA
7. NEW – Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo (Warner Bros) – 2,510 locations – $5,374 PTA
8. NEW – War Inc. (Independent) – 1 location – $5,225 PTA
9. The Visitor (Overture Films) – 76 locations – $4,618 PTA
10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Universal) – 2,799 locations – $4,144 PTA

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY FRIDAY ESTIMATES
1. NEW – Baby Mama (Universal) – $5.52M – $2,171 PTA – $5.52M cume
2. NEW – Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo (Warner Bros) – $5.09M – $2,028 PTA – $5.09M cume
3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Universal) – $3.61M- $1,290 PTA – $27.6M cume
4. The Forbidden Kingdom (Lionsgate) – $3.35M – $1,063 PTA – $30.3M cume
5. Prom Night (Sony) – $1.6M – $569 PTA – $35.3M cume
6. 21 (Sony) – $1.25M – $423 PTA – $73M cume
7. Nim’s Island (Fox) – $1.17M – $395 PTA – $35.6M cume
8. 88 Minutes (Sony) – $985,000- $454 PTA – $10M cume
9. NEW – Deception (Fox) – $905,000 – $452 PTA – $905,000 cume
10. Horton Hears a Who (Fox) – $675,000 – $313 PTA – $146.1M cume
11. Street Kings (Fox) – $625,000 – $360 PTA – $22.1M cume
12. Leatherheads (Universal) – $530,000 – $236 PTA – $27.9M cume
*The Visitor (Overture Films) – $90,000 – $1,184 PTA – $439,000 cume
*Young @ Heart (Fox Searchlight) – $51,000 – $911 PTA – $359,000 cume
*NEW – Then She Found Me (Thinkfilm) – $18,945 – $2,105 PTA – $18,945 cume
*The Life Before Her Eyes (Magnolia) – $18,538 – $501 PTA – $49,000 cume
*NEW – A Plumm Summer (Freestyle Releasing) – $15,428 – $266 PTA – $15,428 cume
*The Flight of the Red Balloon (IFC Films) – $13,500 – $1,227 PTA – $157,000 cume
*NEW – Deal (MGM) – $9,300 – $186 PTA – $9,300 cume
*Ben X (Equinoxe) – $5,048 – $1,010 PTA – $79,000 cume
*NEW – Roman De Gare (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn) – $4,938 – $2,469 PTA – $4,938 cume
*NEW – Standard Operating Procedure (Sony Classics) – $4,926 – $2,463 PTA – $4,926 cume
*NEW – Up the Yangtze (Zeitgeist) – $2,322 – $2,322 PTA – $2,322 cume
*NEW – War Inc. (Independent) – $1,833 – $1,833 PTA – $1,833 cume
*NEW – Rogue (Third Rail) – $1,620 – $162 PTA – $1,620 cume
*NEW – Without the King (First Run) – $812 – $812 PTA – $812 cume
*NEW – Dare Not Walk Alone (Indican) – $604 – $302 PTA – $604 cume

EXCLUSIVE FANTASY MOGULS EARLY 3-DAY ESTIMATES
1. NEW – Baby Mama (Universal) – $15.49M – $6,091 PTA – $15.49M cume
2. NEW – Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo (Warner Bros) – $13.48M – $5,374 PTA – $13.48M cume
3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Universal) – $11.6M- $4,144 PTA – $35.6M cume
4. The Forbidden Kingdom (Lionsgate) – $10.34M – $3,281 PTA – $37.3M cume
5. Prom Night (Sony) – $4.25M – $1,507 PTA – $37.9M cume
6. Nim’s Island (Fox) – $4.21M – $1,414 PTA – $38.6M cume
7. 21 (Sony) – $3.93M – $1,334 PTA – $75.7M cume
8. 88 Minutes (Sony) – $3.15M- $1,454 PTA – $12.1M cume
9. Horton Hears a Who (Fox) – $2.59M – $1,204 PTA – $148M cume
10. Deception (Fox) – $2.57M – $1,289 PTA – $2.57M cume
11. Street Kings (Fox) – $2.06M – $1,189 PTA – $23.6M cume
12. Leatherheads (Universal) – $1.69M – $755 PTA – $29.1M cume
*The Visitor (Overture Films) – $351,000 – $4,618 PTA – $700,000 cume
*Young @ Heart (Fox Searchlight) – $194,000 – $3,461 PTA – $502,000 cume
*NEW – Then She Found Me (Thinkfilm) – $72,000 – $8,000 PTA – $72,000 cume
*The Life Before Her Eyes (Magnolia) – $65,000 – $1,757 PTA – $96,000 cume
*NEW – A Plumm Summer (Freestyle Releasing) – $53,000 – $914 PTA – $53,000 cume
*The Flight of the Red Balloon (IFC Films) – $61,000 – $5,545 PTA – $204,000 cume
*NEW – Deal (MGM) – $26,000 – $520 PTA – $26,000 cume
*Ben X (Equinoxe) – $17,000 – $3,400 PTA – $91,000 cume
*NEW – Roman De Gare (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn) – $18,275 – $9,138 PTA – $18,275 cume
*NEW – Standard Operating Procedure (Sony Classics) – $18,225 – $9,113 PTA – $18,225 cume
*NEW – Up the Yangtze (Zeitgeist) – $7,500 – $7,500 PTA – $7,500 cume
*NEW – War Inc. (Independent) – $5,225 – $5,225 PTA – $5,225 cume
*NEW – Rogue (Third Rail) – $4,225 – $423 PTA – $4,225 cume
*NEW – Without the King (First Run) – $2,720 – $2,720 PTA – $2,720 cume
*NEW – Dare Not Walk Alone (Indican) – $1,933 – $966 PTA – $1,933 cume

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