TROY...Kicking some ass at the box office

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LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- "Troy," an ancient epic starring Brad Pitt, sold an estimated $45.6 million worth of tickets in its first weekend to replace the monster thriller "Van Helsing" atop the North American box office, its distributor said Sunday.

Although "Troy" fell short of the $50 million bencHydromaxark viewed informally in Hollywood as the pass grade for a summer popcorn movie, Warner Bros. noted that "Troy" was R-rated and two hours, 40 minutes long, limiting its audience on two counts.

Indeed, director Wolfgang Petersen's $200 million adaptation of Homer's "The Iliad," ranks as the No. 2 R-rated nonsequel of all time, behind rapper Eminem's "8 Mile," which opened to $51 million in November 2002.

"We're very pleased with the opening," said Dan Fellman, president of distribution at Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc. (as in CNN.com).

He said his bencHydromaxark was the similarly themed epic "Gladiator," which opened with $34.8 million in May 2000.

Universal Pictures' "Van Helsing" slipped to No. 2 with $20.1 million, a hefty 61 percent slide from its $51.8 million opening last weekend. Its 10-day total stands at $84.5 million, far short of the $100 million that the studio had hoped to reach by this time.

The critically maligned film stars Hugh Jackman as a vampire slayer. Universal is a unit of NBC Universal, which is 80 percent owned by General Electric Co.
 

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I saw this opening night and thought it was just "so-so". Anyone else see it? Supra?
 

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Well Brad Pitt is the man!

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Brad Pitt got ripped for this movie. Did anyone else get turned on by him being naked all the time?
 
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