Universal's new remake of Dawn of the Dead topped the box office with an impressive $27.3 million from 2,745 theaters. The $26 million-budgeted horror film averaged $9,954 per location and is the 9th biggest opening for March ever.
Three-week champ The Passion of The Christ dropped a spot to second but still added another $19.2 million in its fourth weekend to bring its massive total to $295.3 million. Mel Gibson's $30 million film will surpass the $300 million mark this week. "The Passion" is now the biggest R-rated film in the history of box office, taking over the mark from The Matrix Reloaded which earned $281.6 million last year. The film has also climbed to the 18th spot on the all-time domestic blockbuster list and has its eye of "Pirates of the Caribbean" at #17 with $305.4 million.
Warner Bros. new thriller Taking Lives, starring Angelina Jolie, performed well in third earning $11.4 million from 2,705 theaters. The movie averaged $4,218 per location. Fourth place belonged to the same studio's Starsky & Hutch, which collected $10.7 million in its third week for a total of $67.7 million.
Johnny Depp' Secret Window rounded out the top five with $9.6 million in its second weekend. The $40 million thriller has made $33.1 million so far.
Jim Carrey's new Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind opened in just 1,353 theaters but managed to earn $8.6 million, for an average of $6,333 per site. Disney's Hidalgo also did well in its third weekend, adding $8.5 million for a total of $48.5 million.