'Semi-Pro' scores at the weekend box office

March 2, 2008 5:28:56 PM PST
Will Ferrell still knows how to draw a crowd, though it's a smaller one this time.

The comedian's basketball comedy "Semi-Pro" was at the top of the box office this weekend, pulling in more than 15 million dollars according to studio estimates.

Even though "Semi-Pro" opened at number 1, the debut was lackluster compared to Ferrell's other comedy flicks. Last year's "Blades of Glory" took in 33 million dollars in its first weekend, while the 2006 film "Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" opened at $47 million.

Box office analysts say "Semi-Pro" likely suffered because it was released during a traditionally slow season, and because it was rated R.

Meanwhile, last week's top film, "Vantage Point," dropped to second place with 13 million dollars. And "Spiderwick Chronicles" rounded out the top three with 8.8 million in ticket sales this weekend.