Box Office Report

Running With the 'Devil'

''Daredevil'' tops the box office. Ben Affleck's blind superhero racks up the second-best February opening ever

Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner, ... | ''DEVIL''S WORKSHOP Costars Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell helped Affleck take the weekend box office
''DEVIL''S WORKSHOP Costars Jennifer Garner and Colin Farrell helped Affleck take the weekend box office

This weekend's box office was a case of the blind leading the blond. Ben Affleck's sightless superhero in ''Daredevil'' raked in an estimated $43.5 million, taking first place with the second-best February opening ever (after ''Hannibal'''s $58 million two years ago) and the best President's Day weekend opening ever (beating the $20.3 million for last year's ''John Q''). Last week's top movie, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey's romantic comedy ''How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,'' has apparently figured out how to earn $47.7 million in 10 days, finishing a strong second with $19 million, down just 20 percent from its opening last weekend.

''Chicago,'' which expanded to more theaters this weekend following its 13 Oscar nominations announced last Tuesday, held at No. 3, earning $12.6 million. The weekend's other new release, Disney's animated ''Jungle Book 2,'' opened in fourth place with $11.9 million. ''Shanghai Knights'' rounded out the top five, taking in $11.4 million.

Originally posted Feb 17, 2003