Box Office Report

The 'House' Wins

''Cody Banks'' loses to the ''House'' at the box office. The kiddie CIA-comedy gets released to a second-place opening

Hilary Duff, Frankie Muniz, ... | NOT A TIE ''Cody Banks''' Muniz and Hilary Duff take second at the box office
Image credit: Agent Cody Banks: Diyah Pera
NOT A TIE ''Cody Banks''' Muniz and Hilary Duff take second at the box office

Steve Martin and Queen Latifah held off upstart Frankie Muniz at the box office this weekend, as "Bringing Down the House" topped "Agent Cody Banks."

"House" earned another $22.4 million this weekend, according to studio estimates. That's down only 28 percent from its $31.1 million debut last week, a much better dropoff than most silly comedies. After 10 days, the film has grossed a fantastic $61.6 million and looks to become Martin's second $100-million hit (after "Parenthood").

Muniz's kiddie-CIA comedy "Agent Cody Banks" opened in second place with $15 million, thanks to widespread support among the under-12 set. Its opening figure is just shy of the $16.7 million "Spy Kids 2" earned last summer. But Muniz handily defeated Oscar nominees Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro, whose assassin drama "The Hunted" opened in third place with $13.5 million, apparently hampered a bit by its R rating.

Another R-rated drama, Bruce Willis' "Tears of the Sun," dropped a discouraging 48 percent in its second week to $8.8 million, while the musical "Chicago" saw its box office take actually increase 12 percent to $7.7 million, bringing its total up to $125.5 million. Looks like a lot of you wanted to catch the flick before it wins Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday.

Originally posted Mar 16, 2003