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Johnny Be Good

Clutching a gun in one hand and a saber in the other, Johnny Depp commandeered the box office as his south-of-the-border shoot-'em-up sequel, ''Once Upon a Time in Mexico'', premiered at No. 1 with $23.4 million (its predecessor, 1995's Desperado, grossed $25.4 million in its entire run) and No. 5 ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' added doubloons to a treasure chest now sure to flow over $300 million. While decent openers ''Matchstick Men'' and ''Cabin Fever'' rounded out the top three, the week's biggest surprise was Sofia Coppola's acclaimed Tokyo-based indie dramedy, ''Lost in Translation'', which debuted at No. 15 with a Blair Witch-ian average of $40,221 on just 23 screens.

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

1 ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO $23.4 3,282 $7,137 1 $23.4 2 MATCHSTICK MEN $13.1 2,711 $4,827 1 $13.1 3 CABIN FEVER $8.6 2,087 $4,137 1 $8.6 4 DICKIE ROBERTS $5.0 2,083 $2,421 2 $12.9 5 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $4.5 2,029 $2,221 10 $287.9 6 FREAKY FRIDAY $4.1 2,567 $1,582 6 $102.0 7 JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 $3.0 2,784 $1,085 3 $31.9 8 SEABISCUIT $2.8 2,102 $1,310 8 $113.6 9 S.W.A.T. $2.7 2,062 $1,314 6 $112.8 10 OPEN RANGE $2.7 2,063 $1,312 5 $53.5 11 UPTOWN GIRLS $1.4 1,425 $985 5 $35.5 12 FREDDY VS. JASON $1.4 1,577 $880 5 $80.5 13 THE ORDER $1.1 1,975 $577 2 $6.8 14 AMERICAN WEDDING $1.1 1,011 $1,125 7 $102.5 15 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.9 23 $40,221 1 $0.9 16 AMERICAN SPLENDOR $0.8 272 $3,091 5 $3.9 17 THE MEDALLION $0.8 990 $844 4 $21.3 18 THE ITALIAN JOB $0.8 980 $808 16 $104.7 19 FINDING NEMO $0.6 624 $1,021 16 $334.7 20 WHALE RIDER $0.6 492 $1,285 15 $19.1

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF SEPT. 12 -- SEPT. 14 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

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

NUMBER OF OPENING DOMESTIC WOODY ALLEN Select Films SITES WEEKEND* GROSS*

5/1/02 HOLLYWOOD ENDING 765 $2.0 $4.9 8/24/01 THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION 903 $2.5 $7.5 5/19/00 SMALL TIME CROOKS 865 $3.9 $17.3 12/3/99 SWEET AND LOWDOWN 3 $0.9 $4.2 12/12/97 DECONSTRUCTING HARRY 10 $0.4 $10.7 10/27/95 MIGHTY APHRODITE 19 $0.3 $6.4 10/21/94 BULLETS OVER BROADWAY 2 $0.09 $13.4 2/7/86 HANNAH AND HER SISTERS 54 $1.3 $40.1 1979 MANHATTAN N/A N/A $45.7 1977 ANNIE HALL N/A N/A $27.3

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