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COLIN 'PHONE' HOME

Nailing his third No. 1 opening in four months (following The Recruit and Daredevil), Colin Farrell rang up $15 million for his sniper thriller Phone Booth (put on hold last November after the D.C. shootings). The news was less exhilarating for Vin Diesel, whose A Man Apart came in behind Amanda Bynes' tween comedy What a Girl Wants, marking the baldie's second recent underperforming thug-athon, after last October's Knockaround Guys. And while Eddie Griffin's DysFunKtional Family averaged a fizzling $1,794, Nick Nolte's casino-heist neo-noir The Good Thief hit the jackpot with a full-house $14,620 per-site average in just nine theaters.

TOP 20

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

1 PHONE BOOTH 20th Century Fox $15.0 2,481 $6,054 1 $15.0 2 WHAT A GIRL WANTS Warner Bros. $11.4 2,964 $3,858 1 $11.4 3 A MAN APART New Line $11.0 2,459 $4,481 1 $11.0 4 HEAD OF STATE DreamWorks $8.6 2,155 $3,981 2 $25.2 5 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE $8.3 2,910 $2,858 5 $111.1 Touchstone 6 THE CORE Paramount $6.2 3,019 $2,048 2 $20.8 7 BASIC Columbia $5.4 2,876 $1,869 2 $20.0 8 CHICAGO Miramax $5.1 2,395 $2,131 15 $152.0 9 AGENT CODY BANKS MGM $3.6 2,331 $1,556 4 $40.0 10 PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE Disney $2.8 2,021 $1,387 3 $16.8 11 DREAMCATCHER Warner Bros. $2.7 2,360 $1,128 3 $30.2 12 THE PIANIST Focus $2.1 790 $2,642 15 $26.6 13 THE HUNTED Paramount $1.9 1,685 $1,101 4 $32.1 14 OLD SCHOOL DreamWorks $1.4 925 $1,466 7 $73.0 15 VIEW FROM THE TOP Miramax $1.3 1,579 $826 3 $14.3 16 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM $1.2 117 $10,001 4 $2.6 Fox Searchlight 17 DYSFUNKTIONAL FAMILY Miramax $1.1 602 $1,794 1 $1.1 18 SPIRITED AWAY Disney $1.0 714 $1,448 29 $8.9 19 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS $0.9 827 $1,067 9 $102.4 Paramount 20 TEARS OF THE SUN Columbia $0.7 855 $825 5 $42.8

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF APRIL 4-6 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

[#]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

Originally posted Apr 18, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints