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"Butterfly' lands at No. 1 spot

Ashton Kutcher punked the critics as his time-travel thriller The Butterfly Effect stole the top spot at the weekend box office.

The film hauled in $17.1-million while the Ben Stiller romantic comedy Along Came Polly slipped from first to second place with $16.6-million, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

Critics derided The Butterfly Effect, but moviegoers seemed intrigued by the premise and hungry to see the 25-year-old Kutcher, star of That '70s Show and MTV's prank reality show Punk'd, in more serious fare.

Also debuting this weekend was Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! which came in third with $7.5-million.

Meanwhile, the Charlize Theron serial-killer drama Monster played in only 330 theaters but averaged $6,066 per screen.

Barbara Walters to quit "20/20'

NEW YORK _ Barbara Walters, who has interviewed scores of the famous and infamous, said Sunday she will step down this fall as host of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 after 25 years.

Walters, 74, will do about six interview specials a year for ABC News, including her pre-Oscar show. She'll also stay as executive producer and co-host of The View.

Walters told the New York Times that she's become uncomfortable with the pressure to find interview subjects appealing to young people. "We did Castro and it was a huge interview," she said. "But we did much better in the ratings with Courteney Cox and David Arquette."