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BOX OFFICE

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This time of year, hollywood spoils come in two varieties: First, there's the hand-over-fist success typified by this week's chart-toppers (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Catch Me If You Can, and the dueling chick flicks Two Weeks Notice and Maid in Manhattan), whose rankings remain unchanged from last week. Then there's the critic-driven momentum of Oscar hopefuls that enter the fray in limited release -- the industry equivalent of sticking a toe in the box office pool. Well, the water's just fine for About Schmidt and Chicago (which waltzed off with the top 10's strongest per-screen average, $16,332), not to mention Antwone Fisher and Adaptation. Several other award magnates haven't yet cracked the top 20 but are earning nice bucks to go along with the kudos: The Pianist (No. 21, $8,273 per screen), Talk to Her (No. 23, $9,161), and The Hours (No. 29, $32,283).

TOP 20

WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $25.0 3,622 $6,907 3 $261.0 2 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN DreamWorks $21.1 3,170 $6,670 2 $97.4 3 TWO WEEKS NOTICE Warner Bros. $11.1 2,755 $4,039 3 $68.8 4 MAID IN MANHATTAN Columbia $8.6 3,050 $2,827 4 $76.3 5 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $8.5 816 $10,457 4 $12.0 6 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $7.3 2,305 $3,179 3 $47.1 7 THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE Paramount $5.5 2,881 $1,913 3 $31.5 8 DRUMLINE 20th Century Fox $5.3 1,653 $3,208 4 $47.6 9 CHICAGO Miramax $5.0 304 $16,332 2 $9.2 10 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Warner Bros. $4.7 2,015 $2,309 8 $252.1 11 THE HOT CHICK Touchstone $3.6 2,160 $1,682 4 $29.9 12 DIE ANOTHER DAY MGM $2.9 1,808 $1,625 7 $153.8 13 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $2.7 1,194 $2,229 38 $227.9 14 STAR TREK: NEMESIS Paramount $2.5 2,423 $1,034 4 $39.7 15 ANTWONE FISHER Fox Searchlight $1.5 192 $7,582 3 $6.1 16 THE LION KING IMAX Disney $1.4 66 $20,665 2 $6.01 17 TREASURE PLANET Disney $1.2 1,253 $923 6 $35.8 18 ANALYZE THAT Warner Bros. $1.1 1,235 $901 5 $30.8 19 ADAPTATION Columbia $903.9 109 $8,293 5 $6.1 20 THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 Disney $816.1 1,202 $679 10 $138.3

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN.3-5 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

[1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints