Nicole thriller grabs top spot

LOS ANGELES: ‘The Interpreter’, a thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a United Nations’ interpreter who unwittingly overhears a death threat against an African head of state, grasped the top spot at the North American box office this weekend, preliminary figures showed. The film, which also stars Sean Penn as a federal agent charged to protect Kidman’s character — Silvia Broome — and was directed by Sydney Pollack, displaced last week’s number one ‘The Amityville Horror’, to second place. “The Interpreter” grossed 22.8 million dollars at the box office this weekend, while ‘The Amityville Horror’ raked in 14.2 million dollars, according to box office trackers Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Desert adventure ‘Sahara’ was placed third in the weekend box office rankings with takings of nine million, followed in fourth spot by the debut of romantic comedy ‘A Lot Like Love’ starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet which grossed 7.7 million. Gaining fifth spot was ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ with ticket sales of 7.2 million followed in sixth by ‘Fever Pitch’ with sales of 5.4 million dollars. In seventh place was ‘Sin City’ (3.7 million), tracked by ‘Guess Who’ (3.5 million), ‘Robots’ (3.3 million), and ‘King’s Ransom’ in 10th place with 2.4 million. — Agencies