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'HEAD' TRIPS

After three straight weeks at No. 1 and a $100 million gross, Bringing Down the House finally ceded the top spot to the Chris Rock-Bernie Mac newcomer Head of State, which opened at $13.5 million. While The Core and Basic opened to so-so numbers, Oscar- winning films enjoyed a major boost: Best Picture Chicago leaped 17 percent to $144.7 million, triple victor The Pianist jumped 138 percent, and Spirited Away, rereleased after its Best Animated Feature win, soared a mind-blowing 35,132 percent from No. 89 to No. 15.

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

1 HEAD OF STATE DreamWorks $13.5 2,151 $6,278 1 $13.5 2 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE Touchstone $12.5 2,910 $4,289 4 $100.1 3 THE CORE Paramount $12.1 3,017 $3,995 1 $12.1 4 BASIC Columbia $11.5 2,876 $4,003 1 $11.5 5 Chicago Miramax $7.2 2,701 $2,670 14 $144.7 6 DREAMCATCHER Warner Bros. $6.6 2,945 $2,254 2 $25.6 7 AGENT CODY BANKS MGM $6.4 2,786 $2,304 3 $35.2 8 PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE Disney $4.9 2,084 $2,366 2 $12.7 9 THE HUNTED Paramount $3.6 2,244 $1,612 3 $29.2 10 VIEW FROM THE TOP Miramax $3.5 2,508 $1,402 2 $12.3 11 THE PIANIST Focus $2.5 773 $3,177 14 $23.6 12 OLD SCHOOL DreamWorks $2.4 1,407 $1,715 6 $70.8 13 TEARS OF THE SUN Columbia $2.0 1,764 $1,137 4 $41.4 14 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS Paramount $1.8 1,176 $1,519 8 $101.1 15 SPIRITED AWAY Disney $1.8 711 $2,483 28 $7.4 16 BOAT TRIP Artisan $1.7 1,803 $938 2 $6.7 17 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $0.7 506 $1,472 14 $40.1 18 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM Fox Searchlight $0.7 46 $14,255 3 $1.7 19 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $0.6 425 $1,467 15 $335.8 20 DAREDEVIL 20th Century Fox $0.6 681 $915 7 $99.5

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF MARCH 26-30 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

OSCAR WINNERS AND LOSERS NO. OF PERCENT WEEKEND DOMESTIC WINS CHANGE* GROSS** GROSS

21 THE QUIET AMERICAN Miramax 0 -36% $0.5 $10.7 22 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line 0 -47% $0.4 $63.7 25 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN DreamWorks 0 -16% $0.3 $163.8 26 NOWHERE IN AFRICA Zeitgeist 1 155% $0.3 $0.6 28 TALK TO HER Sony Pictures Classics 1 30% $0.3 $8.4 29 BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE United Artists 1 73% $0.3 $19.9 32 ADAPTATION Columbia 1 -19% $0.2 $21.9 33 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax 0 -64% $0.2 $77.5 37 FRIDA Miramax 2 -6% $0.2 $25.4 42 FAR FROM HEAVEN Focus 0 -52% $0.1 $15.8

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF MARCH 26-30 *FROM LAST WEEK **OPENING WEEKEND GROSS AND DOMESTIC GROSS FIGURES IN MILLIONS

Originally posted Apr 11, 2003 Published in issue #704 Apr 11, 2003 Order article reprints