“21” comes up trumps at box office

The new gambling film, “21”, hit the jackpot at the box office last weekend, raking in an estimated $23.7 million, according to the film distributor Columbia Pictures.

The film follows a group of mathematically-gifted MIT students, led by an unconventional professor (played by Kevin spacey), who target Las Vegas casinos by card-counting at the blackjack tables.  

The film bumped “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” off the top-spot, which held the position for the previous two weekends.

"People are going nuts in Hollywood," Ben Mezrich, author of the best-selling book “Bringing Down the House” on which the film is based, told boston.com.

"About 3.5 to 4 million people saw the film this weekend, probably about 7 million will have seen it by the end of next week, and when the DVD comes out this fall, we can expect another 30 million or so people to see it… So almost 40 million people will see it by the end of the year in the US alone."

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2008-03-31 11:40:22

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