Disney's "Race to Witch Mountain" raced to No. 1 at the weekend box office, bypassing expectations with $25 million in ticket sales, The Associated Press reports.
The PG-rated sci-fi flick starring Dwayne Johnson as a cabdriver with a pair of alien teenagers along for the ride topped the R-rated superhero epic " Watchmen," which earned $18.1 million in its second week.
Mark Zoradi, president of Disney's motion-picture group, said analysts had predicted that "Race to Witch Mountain," director Andy Fickman's re-imagination of the 1975 live-action film "Escape to Witch Mountain," would fly away with $20 million or less.
Now Zoradi expects this "Witch Mountain" to maintain a high orbit in theaters with children on spring break.
Ticket sales for "Watchmen" plummeted 67 percent from last weekend's $55.2 million debut, according to studio estimates.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers Llc. Final figures will be released today.
1. Race to Witch Mountain, $25 million.
2. Watchmen, $18.1 million.
3. The Last House on the Left, $14.7 million.
4. Taken, $6.7 million.
5. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, $5.1 million.
6. Slumdog Millionaire,
7. Paul Blart: Mall Cop,
8. He's Just Not That Into You, $2.9 million.
9. Coraline, $3.3 million.
10. Miss March, $2.4 million.