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NOT '2' SHABBY

Vin who? Even without Diesel power, Universal's 2 Fast 2 Furious motored to a better opening than the original -- though many expect it to run out of gas well before reaching the $145 million final take of F&F 1. As in any race, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. On that front, Bruce Almighty's sturdy legs now guarantee that it'll end up as Jim Carrey's second-highest grosser ever (surpassed only by Grinch), and Finding Nemo's strong hold means it could challenge Monsters, Inc. as Pixar's top performer. In other fish (excuse us, aquatic) news, Newmarket's Whale Rider (No. 32) had plenty to spout off about with an excellent opening on nine screens.

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

1 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS $50.5 3,408 $14,810 1 $50.5 2 FINDING NEMO $46.6 3,391 $13,739 2 $144.0 3 BRUCE ALMIGHTY $22.4 3,549 $6,300 3 $171.4 4 THE ITALIAN JOB $13.2 2,877 $4,575 2 $40.0 5 THE MATRIX RELOADED $9.2 3,225 $2,848 4 $247.8 6 DADDY DAY CARE $4.6 2,713 $1,701 5 $88.5 7 X2: X-MEN UNITED $3.0 2,050 $1,467 6 $204.3 8 WRONG TURN $2.7 1,614 $1,644 2 $9.7 9 THE IN-LAWS $2.0 2,047 $966 3 $17.9 10 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM $0.9 493 $1,911 13 $20.5 11 DOWN WITH LOVE $0.9 773 $1,150 5 $18.8 12 HOLES $0.7 692 $999 8 $63.1 13 THE LIZZIE McGUIRE MOVIE $0.6 753 $851 6 $40.5 14 A MIGHTY WIND $0.5 361 $1,286 8 $16.1 15 MAMBO ITALIANO $0.4 99 $4,115 1 $0.4 16 ANGER MANAGEMENT $0.4 427 $859 9 $133.4 17 IDENTITY $0.3 344 $920 7 $51.2 18 SPELLBOUND $0.3 77 $3,957 6 $1.1 19 WINGED MIGRATION $0.3 58 $5,048 8 $2.5 20 BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE $0.3 318 $846 14 130.8

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JUNE 6-8 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

Originally posted Jun 20, 2003 Published in issue #715 Jun 20, 2003 Order article reprints