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By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | May 19, 2008 |


5. Baby Mama ($4.5 million; $47 million): At nearly $50 million already, Baby Mama is obviously not the Beeper King’s child; meanwhile, hot on the heels of this successful production, Lorne Michaels had attempted to fast-track Baby Mango’s Night at the Roxbury, but test audiences were lukewarm, citing squeamishness during a scene in which a head-bopping Baby Mango attempted to chew on Amy Poehler’s beef curtain on its way out of the birth canal.

4. Speed Racer ($7.6 million; $24 million): Hey look! Speed Racer! Did you miss it … ? So did everyone else in the country. Go Speed Racer! Go Speed Racer … gooooone.

3. What Happens in Vegas ($13.8 million; $40.3 million): Based on the mediocre success of What Happens, it looks like Ashton’s 10-year pact with Satan is about to finish its run — only one year left! Forget Kabbalah, Xenu is the only one left who can save your ass now, Ashton.

2. Iron Man ($31.2 million; $222 million): Now that Iron Man has officially passed the $200 million mark, Marvel is digging even deeper into its treasure trove of comic book characters and eyeing a 2011 release for Man Thing, starring Sarah Jessica Parker in the lead role. (Matthew, please send your angry comments to i-married-a-she-male@gmail.com.)

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($56 million): After a mediocre opening, which fell nearly $10 million short of the first installment’s opening weekend, Walt Disney Co., has decided to take the unusual tack of immediately remaking Prince Caspian, so as to not slow the franchise’s momentum. For the remake, Michael Bay has been hired to direct, and when the four children return to Narnia this time, they will be confronted by killer Transformers, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface, and a giant meteor. Steve Coogan will also star as the voice of Aslan, and to scare off the meteor, he will break into Hamlet 2’s “Rock Me Sexy Jesus.” For no particular reason, Captain Caveman will also appear.

And, since we went with a “SNL” Digital Short for today’s title, I give you the latest: The Japanese version of “The Office.”

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