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'HOUSE' PARTIES ON

Steve Martin and Queen Latifah brought down the House again, beating three new wide releases to become the year's second movie to hold the top spot for two weeks in a row (Daredevil was the first). Frankie Muniz's junior-spy-in-training comedy, Agent Cody Banks, infiltrated second place with $14.1 mil -- enough to greenlight the sequel, which starts shooting in May. But the real champ was British cross-cultural soccer flick Bend It Like Beckham, which scored a smashing $26,921 per-site average in just six theaters. Goal!

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

1 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE Touchstone $22.1 2,801 $7,874 2 $61.3 2 AGENT CODY BANKS MGM $14.1 3,369 $4,175 1 $14.1 3 THE HUNTED Paramount $13.5 2,516 $5,359 1 $13.5 4 TEARS OF THE SUN Columbia $8.7 2,973 $2,928 2 $30.7 5 CHICAGO Miramax $7.1 2,600 $2,733 12 $124.8 6 OLD SCHOOL Dream Works $6.7 2,452 $2,720 4 $60.8 7 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS Paramount $4.7 2,430 $1,928 6 $93.7 8 WILLARD New Line $4.0 1,761 $2,277 1 $4.0 9 DAREDEVIL 20th Century Fox $3.0 2,056 $1,474 5 $96.0 10 CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE Warner Bros. $3.0 2,150 $1,383 3 $31.7 11 THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Disney $2.5 2,064 $1,228 5 $43.7 12 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS Touchstone $1.5 1,316 $1,177 6 $57.2 13 THE PIANIST Focus $1.3 574 $2,270 12 $18.6 14 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $1.3 814 $1,536 12 $37.3 15 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $1.1 713 $1,533 14 $61.6 16 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $1.0 612 $1,658 13 $333.6 17 THE QUIET AMERICAN Miramax $1.0 396 $2,502 17** $8.7 18 THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE Universal $0.9 893 $1,010 4 $18.8 19 THE RECRUIT Touchstone $0.7 640 $1,072 7 $51.5 20 GODS AND GENERALS Warner Bros. $0.6 706 $914 4 $12.2

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF MARCH 14-16 *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 28, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints