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COLIN COLLECT

The troops mo-bilized en masse to watch Al Pacino take Colin Farrell to school in their CIA conspiracy thriller, The Recruit. Meanwhile, Chicago continued to shimmy in the top 10 spotlight with a swingin' $11,321 per-site average. The leggy pic should keep on kicking as it expands into wide release this month, with a likely lift from multiple Oscar noms. Speaking of which, fellow Academy Awards hopeful The Pianist dropped only 8 percent, raising its impressive gross to $7.7 million. And finally, while it didn't quite achieve top 20 nirvana, Bolly-Hollywood comedy The Guru earned a blissful $613,485 in just 62 theaters.

TOP 20 WEEKEND NO. OF WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS GROSS* SITES[1] PER-SITE IN TO AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 THE RECRUIT Touchstone $16.3 2,376 $6,861 1 $16.3 2 FINAL DESTINATION 2 New Line $16.0 2,834 $5,652 1 $16.0 3 BIKER BOYZ DreamWorks $10.1 1,766 $5,723 1 $10.1 4 KANGAROO JACK Warner Bros. $9.0 2,848 $3,177 3 $45.9 5 CHICAGO Miramax $7.1 623 $11,321 6 $50.6 6 DARKNESS FALLS Columbia $7.0 2,865 $2,450 2 $21.8 7 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $5.1 2,175 $2,340 7 $316.0 8 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN DreamWorks $5.1 2,316 $2,192 6 $152.2 9 JUST MARRIED 20th Century Fox $4.8 2,408 $1,998 4 $49.7 10 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $4.5 1,236 $3,653 8 $44.2 11 NATIONAL SECURITY Columbia $4.3 2,494 $1,730 3 $32.4 12 CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND Miramax $4.3 1,776 $2,421 5 $12.4 13 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $3.1 548 $5,661 6 $18.5 14 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $2.2 1,485 $1,489 7 $68.8 15 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $1.5 1,076 $1,430 42 $238.5 16 TWO WEEKS NOTICE Warner Bros. $1.5 1,311 $1,135 7 $91.1 17 A GUY THING MGM $1.3 1,512 $854 3 $14.5 18 ANTWONE FISHER Fox Searchlight $1.2 679 $1,733 7 $18.9 19 THE PIANIST Focus $1.1 320 $3,590 6 $7.7 20 ADAPTATION Columbia $1.1 528 $2,153 9 $15.9

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN. 31-FEB. 2 *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 14, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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