Box Office Report

The Real Dynamic Duo

''How to Lose a Guy'' wins at the box office. The Kate Hudson/Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy rakes in $24.1 million, besting the Jackie Chan/Owen Wilson buddy flick ''Shanghai Knights''

Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, ... | KISS ME, KATE Hudson and McConaughey's flick outperformed expectations its debut weekend
KISS ME, KATE Hudson and McConaughey's flick outperformed expectations its debut weekend

Score one for the chicks. The romantic comedy ''How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'' topped the action comedy ''Shanghai Knights'' to claim the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend.

''How to Lose a Guy,'' starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, premiered with $24.1 million, according to studio estimates. Its tally outperformed even the most optimistic expectations -- in fact, EW.com was one of the few prognosticators that predicted it would open at No. 1. And though its opening-weekend take is well shy of the romantic-comedy record of $35.7 million held by ''Sweet Home Alabama,'' it did top the $22.4 million debut of the recent surprise hit ''Save the Last Dance,'' which also featured a young female star, Julia Stiles. Paramount's aggressive marketing and release pattern (the film opened in almost 3,000 theaters) apparently counteracted against the horrible reviews the film received.

A bit behind in second place was the sequel ''Shanghai Knights,'' starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, which debuted with a still-impressive $19.8 million. Chan's last entry, ''The Tuxedo,'' premiered last year with $15.1 million. In other words, when it comes to box office draws, Jennifer Love Hewitt is no Owen Wilson.

As expected, the award-winning musical ''Chicago'' expanded to third place with $10.7 million, bringing its total up to a razzle-dazzling $63.7 million. After this Tuesday's Oscar nominations, where ''Chicago'' could very well be the top nominee, the film should continue to soar past $100 million.

Last week's top two films rounded out the top five. The Al Pacino/Colin Farrell thriller ''The Recruit'' fell 42 percent to $9.5 million, while the horror sequel ''Final Destination 2'' slipped 46 percent to $8.7 million. That meant the new comedy ''Deliver Us From Eva'' opened outside the top five with $7.1 million. Perhaps audiences didn't realize that its star, James Todd Smith, was actually LL Cool J?

Originally posted Feb 09, 2003