'8 Mile' proves a resounding success...

EMINEM‘s debut movie ‘8 MILE’ has stormed straight to the top of the box office charts in the US, grossing $54.5 million in its opening weekend, the second-highest ever opening weekend for an R-rated film.

The movie, which cost $50 million to make, outstripped the previous week’s box office topper, Tim Allen’s ‘The Santa Clause 2’, almost two-to-one.

According to the LA Times, as far as R-rate movies go, its’ opening weekend box office receipts come second only to ‘Hannibal’, which grossed $58 million in its opening weekend.

At the US premiere of the film last Wednesday (November 6) at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Eminem was joined by Kim Basinger, Alicia Silverstone, Avril Lavigne, Macy Gray, Christina Aguilera and Matthew Perry. Pamela Anderson also attended with her fiancĂ© Kid Rock.

Eminem is due to attend the UK premiere of ‘8 Mile’ in London this Friday (November 15), as part of the Regus London Film Festival. It is released in the UK next February.