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BOX OFFICE

NEWLYWED GAMES

The three-week honeymoon finally ended for The Two Towers as Just Married defied critical jeers, collecting a surprising dowry of $17.5 million on its way to this week's box office altar. Still, don't expect Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy to experience the kind of matrimonial bliss enjoyed by Nia Vardalos and John Corbett with My Big Fat Greek Wedding. After 39 consecutive weekends in the top 20 (more than Titanic's 35), that crowd-pleasing indie comedy has moved past Signs and The Lost World: Jurassic Park to take the No. 32 spot on the list of all-time top grossers.

TOP 20 WEEKEND NO. OF WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS GROSS* SITES PER-SITE IN TO AVERAGE RELEASE DATE 1 JUST MARRIED 20th Century Fox $17.5 2,766 $6,345 1 $17.5 2 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $14.8 3,477 $4,244 4 $283.4 3 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN DreamWorks $14.6 3,225 $4,537 3 $119.4 4 TWO WEEKS NOTICE Warner Bros. $6.8 2,755 $2,480 4 $79.0 5 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $6.4 865 $7,403 5 $21.6 6 CHICAGO Miramax $5.7 362 $15,721 3 $17.2 7 MAID IN MANHATTAN Columbia $5.1 2,926 $1,758 5 $83.9 8 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $4.8 2,340 $2,066 4 $54.9 9 ANTWONE FISHER Fox Searchlight $3.8 1,007 $3,757 4 $10.4 10 THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE Paramount $2.8 2,608 $1,091 4 $35.2 11 25TH HOUR Touchstone $2.8 490 $5,781 4 $3.5 12 NARC Paramount $2.8 822 $3,438 4 $3.2 13 DRUMLINE 20th Century Fox $2.8 1,534 $1,827 5 $51.4 14 ADAPTATION Columbia $2.6 560 $4,709 6 $9.2 15 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Warner Bros. $2.4 1,550 $1,554 9 $255.4 16 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $2.1 1,212 $1,735 39 $230.9 17 THE HOT CHICK Touchstone $1.7 1,601 $1,074 5 $32.5 18 DIE ANOTHER DAY MGM $1.5 1,180 $1,262 8 $156.2 19 STAR TREK: NEMESIS Paramount $1.0 1,777 $585 5 $41.6 20 THE PIANIST Focus $1.0 161 $6,334 3 $2.4

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN. 10-12 *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 24, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints