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'DAYS' OF HEAVEN

Love might not officially be in the air yet, but Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey got plenty of it last weekend -- enough to turn their romantic comedy into a career-best bow for both. Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan also made a bang, though their Shanghai Knights failed to outgross Shanghai Noon's debut by a hair. And while Chicago danced back up to No. 3 and The Quiet American scored a $12,235 per-site average, not all was hunky-dory at the Miramax corral: The Italian-language release of Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio earned a pitiful $6,092.

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

1 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS Paramount $23.8 2,923 $8,134 1 $23.8 2 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS Touchstone $19.6 2,753 $7,121 1 $19.6 3 CHICAGO Miramax $10.8 1,841 $5,859 7 $63.8 4 THE RECRUIT Touchstone $9.2 2,376 $3,883 2 $29.8 5 FINAL DESTINATION 2 New Line $8.4 2,834 $2,960 2 $27.9 6 DELIVER US FROM EVA Focus $6.6 1,139 $5,837 1 $6.6 7 KANGAROO JACK Warner Bros. $6.1 2,848 $2,144 4 $53.0 8 BIKER BOYZ DreamWorks $4.2 1,769 $2,393 2 $16.0 9 DARKNESS FALLS Columbia $3.8 2,456 $1,556 3 $26.8 10 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $3.5 1,680 $2,093 8 $320.9 11 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $3.0 1,240 $2,434 9 $48.5 12 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN DreamWorks $3.0 1,744 $1,708 7 $156.4 13 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $2.1 549 $3,873 7 $21.7 14 JUST MARRIED 20th Century Fox $2.0 1,796 $1,137 5 $52.6 15 NATIONAL SECURITY Columbia $1.5 1,569 $929 4 $34.6 16 CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND Miramax $1.3 1,376 $977 6 $14.4 17 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $1.0 971 $1,033 43 $240.0 18 THE PIANIST Focus $1.0 328 $3,039 7 $9.1 19 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $0.9 891 $968 8 $70.0 20 ADAPTATION Columbia $0.8 415 $1,810 10 $17.0

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF FEB. 7-9 *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 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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