Box Office Report

''Recruit''-ings Day

Pacino and Farrell top box office with ''Recruit.'' Dave Karger says the CIA thriller debuts just above the ''Final Destination'' sequel

Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, ... | GUY SPYS Pacino and Farrell team together in the number one movie in America
GUY SPYS Pacino and Farrell team together in the number one movie in America

Two stars were just a little bit better than none at the box office this weekend, as Al Pacino and Colin Farrell's "The Recruit" barely edged out "Final Destination 2" to become the No. 1 movie in the country.

"The Recruit," a CIA thriller in which Pacino serves as mentor to Farrell, debuted with $16.5 million, according to studio estimates. "Final Destination 2," the horror sequel featuring no big-name stars, meanwhile, was extremely close behind with $16.2 million. In fact, "Final" was actually ahead of "The Recruit" after Friday, with $5.5 million compared "Recruit'''s $5.4 million. But although "Final" couldn't top the chart, its opening was much stronger than the $10 million debut of the first "Final Destination" in 2000.

The week's other new wide release, "Biker Boyz," took third place with $10.1 million. The motorcycle flick stars Laurence Fishburne, Kid Rock, and "Antwone Fisher'''s Derek Luke. Meanwhile, the kiddie comedy "Kangaroo Jack," starring Jerry O'Connell, slipped only 22 percent to $9 million, bringing its total to $45.9 million. And rounding out the top 5 was the thriller "Darkness Falls," which fell from its No. 1 perch to No. 5, down 38 percent to $7.5 million.

"Darkness Falls''' take was enough to keep it ahead of the Golden Globe winning musical, "Chicago," which nevertheless declined only 13 percent to $7.1 million, good enough for sixth place. Though it's only in a fraction of the theaters as its competitors, "Chicago" has already passed the $50 million mark. And with Oscar surely in its future, that's the beginning of its box office jazz.

Originally posted Feb 02, 2003