Last weekend's runner-up,
"Rock of Ages," directed by
The 2007 movie version of "Hairspray," also directed by Shankman, performed well with a global sum of $202.5 million. But a 2007 big-screen adaptation of "Sweeney Todd," starring
While "Rock of Ages" has so far earned only middling reviews, most critics have responded positively to Cruise's portrayal of a debaucherous '80s rock 'n' roll star with a penchant for booze and women.
Cruise has primarily appeared in action films during the last decade, though his comic cameo as an overweight studio executive in 2008's "Tropic Thunder" was the first sign that the actor could also excel in a lighter role.
Not surprisingly, pre-release research shows that "Rock of Ages" is so far appealing mostly to older females, but has struggled to gain traction with men. It cost Warner Bros.' New Line label $75 million to produce.
That's slightly more than
"That's My Boy" stars Sandler as a former deadbeat dad who is trying to rekindle a relationship with his son, played by former
Though the actor began his career with cruder movies like "Billy Madison" and "The Waterboy," Sandler has transitioned to more family-oriented fare in recent years. In fact, he has only appeared in three R-rated comedies during his career, the most successful of which --
In limited release, IFC is opening the