Box Office

Slumdog Challenges Mall Cop

It was Paul Blart: Mall Cop—yawn—atop the box office again this weekend, but this year’s award show darling, Slumdog Millionaire, rocketed up to No. 5 on the strength of its 10 Oscar nominations to earn an estimated $10.6 million, up 80 percent from last week. Kevin James’ security guard caper (“laffer,” in Variety parlance) earned $21.5 million, holding off the Kate Beckinsale-less Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, which picked up $20.7 million and the No. 2 spot. And it looks like another bomb for Brendan Fraser, whose family adventure Inkheart made its debut at No. 7 with just $7.7 million from 2,910 theaters.