Women like Sex, men like fighting

What do you know--a movie about four women gallivanting around The Big Apple was a major event for females this weekend, and pairs of hulking men beating the stuffing out of each other on CBS was a must-see event for dudes on Saturday night.

Warner Bros. and New Line's Sex and the City--which picks up on the events of the HBO hit show of the same name--surprised many at the box office this weekend, opening with an estimated $55.7 million, according to Variety. The numbers were much higher than the studios had projected--which was somewhere in the $25 million to $35 million range.

Sex, which brings back cast members Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, and Cynthia Nixon as four professional women in New York looking for love (both emotional and physical), knocked Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull out of the top spot and already has execs talking about a sequel despite mere mediocre reviews.

The movie also set a record for best R-rated comedy opening and could shape the way Hollywood pumps out en vogue movies in the near future. "Chick flicks" never were thought of as serious box-office powerhouses, but expect a little monkey-see-monkey-do with rival studios looking to capitalize on girls' nights out.

While women went out to get their fix this weekend, men stayed in for theirs. CBS took its first step into bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) to the masses with Saturday night's premiere of Elite XC Saturday Night Fights, and the results were mostly positive.

Though the time period (Saturday, 9 p.m.-11 p.m.) scored a lower overall rating than what CBS is used to--4.1 percent of households to 2.7 percent--males aged 18-34 were up a whopping 271 percent for the time slot, according to USA Today. Those are exactly the kinds of numbers CBS wants to trumpet in hopes that advertisers for beer, male deodorant, and fast cars will pump in cash to the network to display their wares.

The tape-delayed event--which ran almost an hour over its alotted time--featured MMA star Kimbo Slice in the main event, where he won in a controversial stoppage. Well, controversial if one considers a referee stopping the fight when another man's ear has almost been completely torn off. CBS currently has three more Elite XC events planned for broadcast, and NBC is prepping its own MMA broadcast with the Strikeforce organization.

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i want 2 see sex n da city movie now. at first i didn't like da show dat be comin on tv but now i do. wen i don't have skool i stay up all nite lookin at it. it is so interestin. so i can't wait 2 see da movi3.
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Sex and the City movie was awesome
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Sex was a great movie! Why did they not expect it to do well? please do another!
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D'oh!
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The Sex and the City movie was awesome! Really hope they do think about making another one! x
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Ive never watched sex in the city and almost get ill when i see an add for it.With that being said i dont really care how well it preforms at the theatre,it doesnt effect me either way.Im really glad that the mma event did well on cbs because im a big fan of the sport and i study a couple of styles of martial arts.Anyone that says that mma isnt a real sport has to be kidding or knows nothing about the techniques,styles and how physical and mental that sport is.Then again people tend to talk out of there u know were instead of looking into something for thereselves.I understand that the sport isnt for everyone,its just i dont understand why people have to throw there 2 cents in on something they know nothing about or arent interested in.
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Sex and the City is amazing, and I'm glad it is doing well in the Box Office. Its one of the best comedies out there.
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Oh god. I wouldn't watch sex in the city if it was the last thing on. This just proves most women are shallow...and prefer fluff tv shows. Give me any MMA event. (oh, and I am female)
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never watched sex in the city
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Not Good For All ...
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I love Sex and the city !
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I am very happy SATC did so well-maybe now, more

movies will be made for women, and some great

actresses will be able to get jobs.
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