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Will Smith's 'Pursuit' pays off

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Not even a dragon or the world's most-beloved spider could deny Will Smith another first-place finish at the box office.


Jaden Smith, son of Will, plays supporting actor in the film starring his father.
Sony's father-son drama "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Smith and his own son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, debuted as the No. 1 movie with $27 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Smith's latest topped 20th Century Fox's dragon fantasy "Eragon," which opened in second place with $23.45 million, and Paramount's children's tale "Charlotte's Web," which premiered a distant third with $12 million.

The previous weekend's No. 1 movie, Mel Gibson's Mayan saga "Apocalypto," fell to sixth place with $7.7 million, raising its 10-day total to $27.9 million.

The story of a struggling dad who becomes homeless along with his young son, "Pursuit of Happyness" joins a long line of No. 1 openings for Smith, including the action tales "Independence Day" and "I, Robot."

"Audiences around the world love him," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, whose past hits with Smith include the "Men in Black" flicks and last year's romantic comedy "Hitch."

"Everyone who sees Will Smith or meets Will Smith feels like he could be their best friend," Bruer said. "He has that type of charisma that resonates throughout whatever room he's in."

Combining live action and computer animation, "Charlotte's Web" had a soft opening despite an all-star voice cast including Julia Roberts, Robert Redford and Oprah Winfrey in E.B. White's classic about a spider that befriends a lonely pig.

Don Harris, executive vice president of distribution at Paramount, said the studio hopes "Charlotte's Web" will follow the pattern of other pre-Christmas family releases such as "Stuart Little" and "The Prince of Egypt," which opened in the same range but held on through the holidays to become hits.

"The movie has every chance to get to $100 million off of this opening," Harris said.

Paramount's musical "Dreamgirls," starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson in an adaptation of the stage hit, opened to big numbers at three theaters in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Premiering with reserved seating and special programs at a premium ticket price of $25, the film took in $360,000, a healthy start to its nationwide release on Christmas.

George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh's latest collaboration, "The Good German," debuted solidly with $78,572 at five theaters. Clooney stars with Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire in a black-and-white tale of murder and intrigue in Berlin just after World War II.

Overall business was off, with the top 12 movies taking in $112.3 million, down 8.3 percent compared to the same weekend last year, when two blockbusters -- "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" -- were Nos. 1 and 2.

This weekend's holdover films retained strong audiences, though, a sign that many current movies may have a long shelf life, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers.

"It's hard to say this is a positive thing that this is a down weekend. But the strength of this weekend has been the holdovers," Dergarabedian said. "There is a lot of depth to the marketplace. It's a direct reflection of audience satisfaction. That's more important I think than beating last year's competition."

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This was the perfect weekend to open this unique film I hope it holds up well over the the Holiday Season. I like Will Smith..but the real draw here for me was THANDIE NEWTON! She has been one of my fave actresses for years
On a side note...i am floored by the week opening for "WEB". There is still a glimmer of hope if its stars get out and promote the film this week! The holiday season is a huge time for these types of films. All is not lost yet...
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I saw the trailer to this in the cinema a couple of weeks ago and you could almost tell it was going to be a hit... the audience kind of gasped at the end and there was loads of whispering. X-tina's "Soar" really suits it.

It's great that Will is at number one again, with his son this time. Jaden looks really cute , I hope it lives up to my expectations.

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Bleh. I despise Will Smith.
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I saw the movie on Friday and it was great. Will and Jaden were awesome. At the end of the movie everyone gave a standing ovation.
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Bleh. I despise Will Smith.
care to tell us why? He comes across as a very likeable boy
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Bleh. I despise Will Smith.
I'm far from a fan of his, but I hope this film does well for his son's sake.
Will's acting just doesn't interest me, but my son admires him immensely.
Everything is about Will Smith with him. Even his high school stage performance last week had Will Smith dance elements. *sigh*

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care to tell us why? He comes across as a very likeable boy
Us who? You and the rest of the Will Smith Fanclub?

For me, he comes across in interviews, etc. as very insincere. All of us are chameleons when need be. But I just get the feeling that we have never really seen or heard from the real Will Smith. Don't get me wrong, I do watch some of his movies, and I actually *gasp* enjoy some of them. However, I pick movies in spite of him being in it, rather than because of his participation.

And don't even get me started on The Legend of Bagger Vance.
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Plus, the success of the non-threatening black man thing irks me. See also Cuba Gooding.
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Plus, the success of the non-threatening black man thing irks me. See also Cuba Gooding.
what does non-threatening mean?

because will's an affable, funny, and non-dramatic individual, he's non-threatening? i suppose me saying not all black people are the same is just a moot point now?

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Us who? You and the rest of the Will Smith Fanclub?

For me, he comes across in interviews, etc. as very insincere. All of us are chameleons when need be. But I just get the feeling that we have never really seen or heard from the real Will Smith. Don't get me wrong, I do watch some of his movies, and I actually *gasp* enjoy some of them. However, I pick movies in spite of him being in it, rather than because of his participation.

And don't even get me started on The Legend of Bagger Vance.
Pure Garbage. That joint made me lose respect for Will. I'm proud of Will for being a positive role model since fresh prince of bel air and that he married Jada.

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what does non-threatening mean?

because will's an affable, funny, and non-dramatic individual, he's non-threatening? i suppose me saying not all black people are the same is just a moot point now?
Where did I say that all Black people are the same?

I'm sorry I don't agree with you about your fave, but respectfully, don't go there with me.
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Plus, the success of the non-threatening black man thing irks me. See also Cuba Gooding.
Will and Cuba aren't on the same level. Cuba is I'm not going to go there but those that are fans of Nas listen to "These are Our Heroes" and that's what I think about Cuba. I don't view Will in the same light because at least he tries to keep it real.

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Us who? You and the rest of the Will Smith Fanclub?

For me, he comes across in interviews, etc. as very insincere. All of us are chameleons when need be. But I just get the feeling that we have never really seen or heard from the real Will Smith. Don't get me wrong, I do watch some of his movies, and I actually *gasp* enjoy some of them. However, I pick movies in spite of him being in it, rather than because of his participation.

And don't even get me started on The Legend of Bagger Vance.
You hit all the main points for me as well. And The Legend of Bagger Vance...?! What an embarrassment. He was on David Letterman last night and played the whole "insincere" shtick to the very max. It was so uncomfortable. But He’s doing what he needs to do to succeed in Hollywood [unfortunately].

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Denzel Washington is an example of how to be successful without compomising personal integrity, IMHO.

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