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Will they be hits -- or just fresh victims in a summer of big openings and crushing drop-offs? So far, so good: Warner Bros.' Terminator 3 and MGM's Legally Blonde 2 both logged strong first-weekend grosses that were reasonably close to industry projections. No such luck for DreamWorks' Sinbad, which slammed another nail into the coffin of 2-D animation with a DOA sixth-place start. Lower down, Newmarket's audience-pleasing Whale Rider looks more and more like the next Bend It Like Beckham, and French director Francois Ozon's English-language thriller Swimming Pool finished 24th with an impressive $22,073 per-screen average.

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

1 TERMINATOR 3... $44.0 3,504 $12,569 1 $72.4 2 LEGALLY BLONDE 2... $22.2 3,350 $6,633 1 $38.5 3 CHARLIE'S ANGELS: $14.0 3,485 $4,020 2 $67.1 FULL THROTTLE 4 FINDING NEMO $11.1 2,902 $3,811 6 $275.0 5 THE HULK $8.2 3,291 $2,500 3 $117.0 6 SINBAD... $6.9 3,086 $2,228 1 $10.1 7 28 DAYS LATER $6.0 1,407 $4,270 2 $20.6 8 THE ITALIAN JOB $4.2 1,584 $2,634 6 $83.9 9 BRUCE ALMIGHTY $4.0 1,929 $2,080 7 $228.6 10 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS $2.6 1,779 $1,485 5 $119.4 11 THE MATRIX RELOADED $1.5 801 $1,941 8 $272.0 12 RUGRATS GO WILD $1.5 2,021 $732 4 $34.8 13 WHALE RIDER $1.2 209 $5,943 5 $4.1 14 X2: X-MEN UNITED $1.1 1,100 $1,040 10 $213.1 15 HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE $0.7 685 $1,046 4 $29.2 16 ALEX & EMMA $0.7 1,005 $660 3 $13.3 17 DADDY DAY CARE $0.6 532 $1,097 9 $99.4 18 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM $0.5 219 $2,226 17 $24.7 19 WINGED MIGRATION $0.4 108 $4,069 12 $4.7 20 DUMB AND DUMBERER... $0.4 610 $576 4 $25.2

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JULY 4-6 *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 JOHNNY DEPP Track Record SITES WEEKEND* GROSS*

11/19/99 SLEEPY HOLLOW 3,064 $30.1 $101.1 12/15/00 CHOCOLAT 8 $0.2 $71.3 12/7/90 EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 1,023 $6.3 $54.2 4/06/01 BLOW 2,249 $12.4 $53.0 2/28/97 DONNIE BRASCO 1,503 $11.7 $41.9 4/16/93 BENNY & JOON 408 $3.3 $23.3 4/7/95 DON JUAN DeMARCO 1,110 $4.6 $22.2 12/17/93 WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE 6 $0.07 $10.0 4/6/90 CRY BABY 1,229 $3.0 $8.3 9/27/94 ED WOOD 2 $0.07 $5.9

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

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003 Published in issue #719 Jul 18, 2003 Order article reprints