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Although Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean was buzzless at summer's start, the theme-park-ride-inspired adventure made off with a stunning $70.6 million as well as some of the best word of mouth of the season. (Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has to be Hollywood's happiest guy, since he'll have his name on the country's top two movies this weekend, when Columbia's Bad Boys II opens.) In second place, Fox's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen looks ready to disband, but the company's indie division had plenty to cheer about: The zombiefest 28 Days Later is likely to become Searchlight's highest grosser since The Full Monty. NUMBER WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER-SITE IN TO TOP 20 GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE*

1 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $46.6 3,269 $14,265 1 $70.6 2 THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY... $23.1 3,002 $7,687 1 $23.1 3 TERMINATOR 3 $19.5 3,504 $5,559 2 $110.3 4 LEGALLY BLONDE 2 $12.0 3,375 $3,565 2 $62.9 5 FINDING NEMO $8.5 2,643 $3,203 7 $291.1 6 CHARLIE'S ANGELS: $7.1 3,202 $2,232 3 $81.5 FULL THROTTLE 7 SINBAD $4.3 3,086 $1,397 2 $18.8 8 28 DAYS LATER $4.2 1,396 $3,044 3 $28.4 9 THE HULK $3.7 2,575 $1,425 4 $124.7 10 THE ITALIAN JOB $2.7 1,364 $2,007 7 $88.8 11 BRUCE ALMIGHTY $2.4 1,429 $1,665 8 $233.2 12 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS $1.5 1,031 $1,475 6 $122.5 13 THE MATRIX RELOADED $1.1 506 $2,198 9 $273.9 14 WHALE RIDER $1.1 271 $4,020 6 $5.8 15 LA GRANDE SEDUCTION $0.9 78 $11,483 1 $0.9 16 RUGRATS GO WILD $0.8 1,172 $702 5 $36.8 17 SWIMMING POOL $0.7 65 $10,617 2 $1.2 18 WINGED MIGRATION $0.4 123 $3,173 13 $5.3 19 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM $0.4 195 $1,973 18 $25.3 20 HOLES $0.3 331 $962 13 $66.3

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JULY 11-13 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

NUMBER OPENING DOMESTIC ACTION SEQUELS Track Record OF SITES WEEKEND* GROSS*

5/15/03 THE MATRIX RELOADED 3,603 $91.8 $273.9 3/31/99 THE MATRIX 2,849 $27.8 $171.4 8/03/01 RUSH HOUR 2 3,118 $67.4 $226.2 9/18/98 RUSH HOUR 2,638 $33.0 $141.2 7/03/91 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 2,274 $31.8 $204.9 10/26/84 THE TERMINATOR 1,005 $4.0 $38.4 7/07/89 LETHAL WEAPON 2 1,803 $20.4 $147.3 7/06/87 LETHAL WEAPON 1,256 $6.8 $65.2 7/04/90 DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER 2,507 $21.7 $112.5 7/15/88 DIE HARD 21 $0.6 $80.7

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

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints