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ALL HAIL THE QUEEN

Moviegoers were straight trippin' for Steve Martin and Queen Latifah last weekend, boosting the duo's Bringing Down the House to $31.1 mil (a career high for both) and raising Buena Vista's top 20 quotient to an impressive four films. While the real-life threat of war may have dampened the appeal of Tears of the Sun, the Bruce Willis-Monica Bellucci combat drama managed to gross a solid $17.1 million. And in limited release, another Bellucci film, the disturbing drama Irreversible, scored a reasonably strong $8,584 per-site average.

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WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE 1 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE Touchstone $31.1 2,801 $11,104 1 $31.1 2 TEARS OF THE SUN Columbia $17.1 2,973 $5,737 1 $17.1 3 OLD SCHOOL DreamWorks $9.2 2,707 $3,395 3 $50.8 4 CHICAGO Miramax $6.8 2,600 $2,633 11 $114.4 5 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS Paramount $6.7 2,897 $2,309 5 $86.9 6 CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE Warner Bros. $6.5 2,625 $2,490 2 $26.9 7 DAREDEVIL 20th Century Fox $5.2 2,778 $1,877 4 $91.5 8 THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Disney $4.3 2,553 $1,668 4 $39.5 9 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS Touchstone $2.7 1,905 $1,411 5 $54.7 10 THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE Universal $2.1 1,872 $1,135 3 $17.1 11 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $1.5 962 $1,534 11 $35.3 12 THE PIANIST Focus $1.4 565 $2,466 11 $16.8 13 GODS AND GENERALS Warner Bros. $1.4 1,233 $1,117 3 $11.1 14 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $1.4 845 $1,628 13 $60.0 15 THE RECRUIT Touchstone $1.4 1,071 $1,269 6 $50.3 16 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $1.2 703 $1,746 12 $332.1 17 THE QUIET AMERICAN Miramax $1.2 381 $3,027 16** $7.3 18 FINAL DESTINATION 2 New Line $1.0 881 $1,174 6 $44.6 19 KANGAROO JACK Warner Bros. $0.8 1,110 $696 8 $64.7 20 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $0.5 378 $1,373 12 $75.5

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF MARCH 7-9 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS **TRACKING BEGAN WITH BRIEF 2002 OSCAR-ELIGIBILITY RELEASE

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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