Dukes of Hazzard tops US box office

Jessica Simpson and her Dukes of Hazzard co-stars stomped to the top of the US box office chart this weekend.

Jessica Simpson and her Dukes of Hazzard co-stars stomped to the top of the US box office chart this weekend.

The film opened in first place despite a mauling at the hands of the critics.

The adaptation of the popular television series took $30.6m (€24.7m) in its debut weekend, pushing comedy Wedding Crashers into second place.

Tim Burton’s sinister remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fell to third place.

The sleeper hit of the summer, wildlife documentary March of the Penguins, jumped up four spots to sixth place.

It surpassed Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine to become the second highest-grossing documentary of all time but remains far behind Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

The Dukes of Hazzard stars Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as two southern cousins who try to save the family farm.

Country music legend Willie Nelson and pop singer Simpson co-star.

Simpson’s skimpy outfits and video for her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots are Made for Walkin’ would certainly have helped boost ratings.

“The combination of the cast and the name recognition of the television show combined with the sex appeal and car chases was irresistible to movie-goers,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office-tracker Exhibitor Relations.

CNN branded the film “roadkill” and said it was a prime example of a Hollywood habit – “taking a popular, but rather dumb, TV show and turning it into a totally stupid and meaningless film". The film opens in Ireland on August 26.

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