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'17' comes out No. 1

April 19, 2009 at 1:40 PM

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Americans flocked to the movie theaters to see the second-chance comedy "17 Again," making it No. 1 in its debut weekend, Box Office Mojo said.

"17 Again," starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry as the younger and older version of a guy who learns to appreciate his life through another chance to live his high school years, pulled in an estimated $24.07 million in ticket sales in its first weekend. Another movie making its debut, "State of Play," a crime drama starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck, was a distant second, recording about $14.1 million in gate receipts.

The animated "Monsters Vs. Aliens" stayed No. 3 with $12.9 million in gross sales, while last week's top-grossing show, "Hannah Montana The Movie" fell to fourth with $1.67 million and "Fast and Furious" also slipped three spots to fifth with $12.29 million.

No. 6 this weekend was another new offering, "Crank: High Voltage," an action flick co-written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, with $6.51 million in revenues.

Filling out the top 10 were "Observe and Report," $4.06 million; "Knowing," $3.48 million; "I Love You, Man," $3.37 million; and "The Haunting in Connecticut," $3.15 million."

Flushed from the top tier were "Dragonball Evolution," "Adventureland" and "Duplicity."

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