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BOX OFFICE

BOWLED OVER

Super bowl XXXVII took a bite out of the box office this weekend, but enough horror fans abandoned the couch to propel Darkness Falls to the top spot. While doofus comedies Kangaroo Jack, National Security, and Just Married continue to hang on for dear life, this week's top 10 favors Oscar fare, especially Chicago, which, boosted by its trio of Golden Globe wins, shimmied into third place with a saucy $13,375 per-site average. And though Gangs of New York shows signs of fading, at $65.4 million and counting, it's likely to wind up Scorsese's highest-grossing film, edging out Cape Fear's $79 million.

TOP 20

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

1 DARKNESS FALLS Columbia $12.0 2,837 $4,239 1 $12.0 2 KANGAROO JACK Warner Bros. $11.5 2,848 $4,055 2 $35.1 3 CHICAGO Miramax $8.2 616 $13,375 5 $40.4 4 NATIONAL SECURITY Columbia $7.3 2,729 $2,678 2 $26.0 5 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $6.6 2,666 $2,480 6 $308.8 6 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN DreamWorks $6.5 2,776 $2,342 5 $145.0 7 JUST MARRIED 20th Century Fox $6.5 2,705 $2,397 3 $43.4 8 CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND Miramax $5.9 1,769 $3,297 4 $6.3 9 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $5.4 1,236 $4,355 7 $37.7 10 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $3.9 502 $7,837 5 $13.9 11 A GUY THING MGM $3.4 2,520 $1,335 2 $12.3 12 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $2.8 1,905 $1,451 6 $65.4 13 TWO WEEKS NOTICE Warner Bros. $2.4 1,858 $1,293 6 $88.8 14 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $1.7 1,143 $1,491 41 $236.4 15 ANTWONE FISHER Fox Searchlight $1.7 970 $1,722 6 $17.1 16 MAID IN MANHATTAN Columbia $1.6 1,433 $1,084 7 $91.1 17 25TH HOUR Touchstone $1.4 495 $2,895 6 $9.6 18 ADAPTATION Columbia $1.4 564 $2,494 8 $14.3 19 NARC Paramount $1.3 822 $1,621 6 $8.5 20 THE PIANIST Focus $1.2 308 $4,052 5 $6.0

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN. 24-26 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

Originally posted Feb 07, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints
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