LOS ANGELES -- The dance flick "Stomp the Yard" was a step ahead of the competition at the box office, debuting as the No. 1 weekend movie with $22 million.
Starring Columbus Short as a raw but talented dancer at the center of a step competition between rival college fraternities, "Stomp the Yard" knocked off "Night at the Museum," which had been the top film for three straight weekends.
"Night at the Museum" slipped to second place with $17.1 million, raising its total to $185.8 million, according to studio estimates. The weekend's other new movies had ho-hum debuts. Universal's youth drama "Alpha Dog " opened at No. 7 with $6.1 million. Disney's "Primeval " premiered at No. 8 with $6 million.
Strong turnout by black movie-goers -- who accounted for nearly two-thirds of the audience, according to