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Posted: Monday, April 9, 2007 9:43 pm | Updated: 6:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LOS ANGELES - "Blades of Glory" remained the top movie for the second straight weekend with $22.5 million, while the bloody double feature "Grindhouse" debuted far below expectations with $11.6 million.

"Grindhouse," two complete B-movie-style thrillers from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, had been expected to open with at least $20 million.

Its three-hour running time was an impediment, limiting the number of screenings theaters could fit in. Many moviegoers were unwilling to devote that kind of time to a double bill offering two separate movies, said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co., which released "Grindhouse."

Weinstein said Monday he is considering splitting Tarantino's "Death Proof" and Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," releasing them in theaters as two separate films down the road. The two films already are being released separately overseas and on DVD and television, he said.

"I want to see what happens this weekend," Weinstein told The Associated Press, saying the two films might be split at some point even if the full-length "Grindhouse" manages to hold up well in its second weekend.

"Even if that's the case, I think we might try to do a double play, in other words, `Planet Terror' in one theater and the Tarantino in another," Weinstein said. "There's an audience that wants one or the other, and some people who want both, but not necessarily at the same time. This is a fine mess I've gotten myself into. I'm taking it all with a grain of salt, because I'm so proud of the movies."

Despite its weak debut, "Grindhouse" will turn a profit once home-video, television and overseas receipts are counted, Weinstein said.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Media By Numbers LLC:

1. "Blades of Glory," Paramount, $22,522,330, 3,410 locations, $6,605 average, $67,905,237, two weeks.

2. "Meet the Robinsons," Disney, $16,715,437, 3,435 locations, $4,866 average, $51,947,271, two weeks.

3. "Are We Done Yet?", Sony, $14,262,724, 2,877 locations, $4,957 average, $18,517,017, one week.

4. "Grindhouse," Weinstein Co., $11,596,613, 2,624 locations, $4,419 average, $11,596,613, one week.

5. "The Reaping," Warner Bros., $10,025,203, 2,603 locations, $3,851 average, $11,958,518, one week.

6. "300," Warner Bros., $8,368,382, 2,674 locations, $3,130 average, $193,402,459, five weeks.

7. "Wild Hogs," Disney, $6,644,971, 2,825 locations, $2,352 average, $145,260,566, six weeks.

8. "Shooter," Paramount, $5,856,494, 2,353 locations, $2,489 average, $36,712,076, three weeks.

9. "TMNT," Warner Bros., $4,825,445, 2,811 locations, $1,717 average, $46,607,331, three weeks.

10. "Firehouse Dog," Fox, $3,838,916, 2,860 locations, $1,342 average, $5,101,907, one week.

11. "Premonition," Sony, $3,091,107, 1,752 locations, $1,764 average, $44,510,378, four weeks.

12. "Reign Over Me," Sony, $2,448,183, 1,747 locations, $1,401 average, $17,344,515, three weeks.

13. "The Namesake," Fox Searchlight, $1,715,144, 335 locations, $5,120 average, $6,881,956, five weeks.

14. "The Hills Have Eyes 2," Fox Atomic, $1,574,291, 1,169 locations, $1,347 average, $19,153,873, three weeks.

15. "The Last Mimzy," New Line, $1,505,951, 2,104 locations, $716 average, $18,824,564, three weeks.

16. "The Hoax," Miramax, $1,449,320, 235 locations, $6,167 average, $1,449,320, one week.

17. "The Lookout," Miramax, $1,025,652, 955 locations, $1,074 average, $3,808,036, two weeks.

18. "Amazing Grace," Samuel Goldywn/Roadside, $624,442, 392 locations, $1,593 average, $19,238,386, seven weeks.

19. "The Lives of Others," Sony Pictures Classics, $590,779, 213 locations, $2,774 average, $7,427,381, nine weeks.

20. "Night at the Museum," Fox, $540,423, 367 locations, $1,473 average, $248,532,584, 16 weeks.

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