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`Sky Captain' takes off

LOS ANGELES -- The debut flight of "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" landed the No. 1 weekend box-office spot with $16.2 million, amid an overall lackluster turnout at theaters.

The $70 million, film-noir-styled fantasy starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie features live actors and digitally animated giant robots against a backdrop of 1930s New York. The film was originally slated to debut during the summer blockbuster season, but Paramount pushed back the opening amid postproduction delays.

Two other debut films broke into the box office Top 10. "Mr. 3000," a baseball comedy starring Bernie Mac, grabbed the No. 2 spot with $9.2 million. "Wimbledon," a romantic comedy starring Kirsten Dunst as a rising tennis player who falls for a fading tennis star played by British actor Paul Bettany, grabbed the No. 4 spot with $7.8 million.

The zombie attack fest "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," starring Milla Jovovich as a heroine in a bath towel, earned $9 million, a 61 percent tumble from its No. 1 debut last weekend.

Overall traffic at movie theaters was down. Viewership for the top 10 movies saw a decline of more than 25 percent compared to a year ago, when "Underworld" led the box office, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co.

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