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GO FISH

Neo, meet Nemo -- the little fish that could blow you out of the water by summer's end. As The Matrix Reloaded continued to lose steam (though at $233 million and counting, nobody's complaining), Finding Nemo rode a wave of ecstatic reviews to the best opening ever for an animated film. Given that kids' movies tend to hold on well at the box office, look for continued big numbers for Pixar's fifth straight hit. Meanwhile, The Italian Job, though no blockbuster, performed like an efficient Mini, and it was another good week for the birds (Winged Migration, No. 22) and the bees (Spellbound, No. 20), which, along with Capturing the Friedmans (No. 34), constitute a docu mini-boom.

NUMBER WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER SITE IN TO TOP 20 GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 FINDING NEMO $70.3 $70.3 3,374 $20,821 1 $70.3 2 BRUCE ALMIGHTY $37.3 $37.3 3,492 $10,690 2 $137.4 3 THE ITALIAN JOB $19.5 $19.5 2,633 $7,390 1 $19.5 4 THE MATRIX RELOADED $15.7 $15.7 3,453 $4,543 3 $232.7 5 DADDY DAY CARE $6.7 $6.7 3,128 $2,156 4 $81.9 6 WRONG TURN $5.2 $5.2 1,615 $3,196 1 $5.2 7 X2: X-MEN UNITED $5.1 $5.1 2,530 $2,015 5 $199.4 8 THE IN-LAWS $3.7 $3.7 2,652 $1,411 2 $14.5 9 DOWN WITH LOVE $1.6 $1.6 1,300 $1,208 4 $17.2 10 THE LIZZIE McGUIRE MOVIE $1.2 $1.2 1,330 $881 5 $39.3 11 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM $1.1 $1.1 491 $2,188 12 $19.2 12 HOLES $0.9 $0.9 1,078 $865 7 $61.8 13 IDENTITY $0.8 $0.8 807 $956 6 $50.6 14 A MIGHTY WIND $0.7 $0.7 420 $1,582 7 $15.4 15 ANGER MANAGEMENT $0.7 $0.7 906 $732 8 $132.8 16 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE $0.4 $0.4 366 $1,043 13 $130.4 17 GHOSTS OF THE ABYSS $0.4 $0.4 62 $5,679 8 $10.3 18 PHONE BOOTH $0.3 $0.3 222 $1,423 9 $45.4 19 CHICAGO $0.3 $0.3 290 $915 23 $168.6 20 SPELLBOUND $0.2 $0.2 43 $5,361 5 $0.7

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF MAY 30-JUNE 1 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

[BOX] NUMBER OF OPENING DOMESTIC SELECT FILMS Adrien Brody SITES WEEKEND* GROSS

12/25/02 THE PIANIST 6 $0.1 $32.5 3/15/02 HARRISON'S FLOWERS 398 $0.9 $1.8 11/30/01 THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE 18 $0.1 $0.5 5/11/01 BREAD AND ROSES 34 $0.05 $0.5 11/17/99 LIBERTY HEIGHTS 4 $0.1 $3.7 7/2/99 SUMMER OF SAM 1,536 $6.0 $19.3 3/5/99 SIX WAYS TO SUNDAY 1 $0.01 $0.05 12/23/98 THE THIN RED LINE 5 $0.2 $36.4 11/13/98 TEN BENNY 9 $0.009 $0.009 3/1/89 NEW YORK STORIES 12 $0.4 $10.8

SOURCE: EXHIBITOR RELATIONS CO., INC. *OPENING WEEKEND GROSS AND DOMESTIC GROSS FIGURES IN MILLIONS

Originally posted Jun 13, 2003 Published in issue #714 Jun 13, 2003 Order article reprints