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Today's anagram: Rearrange the letters in Dwayne Johnson's nom de stage and you get ''The Cork'' -- not the best wrestling moniker (unless you're Sammy Sosa), but a fine description of what was put in Universal's hope that ''The Rundown'' would garner a huge opening. The Rock's action vehicle hit No. 1 with $18.5 million, sure, but that's just half of what ''The Scorpion King'' made when it debuted in April 2002. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore's long-shelved money-pit comedy, ''Duplex'', collapsed at No. 7, while the best news was saved for the Diane Lane romance, ''Under the Tuscan Sun'', which did molto bene with $9.8 million on just 1,226 screens, good for second place.

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

1 THE RUNDOWN $18.5 3,152 $5,880 1 $18.5 2 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN $9.8 1,226 $7,954 1 $9.8 3 UNDERWORLD $9.4 2,928 $3,217 2 $37.0 4 SECONDHAND LIONS $8.3 3,038 $2,718 2 $23.5 5 THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS $6.4 2,026 $3,153 2 $20.1 6 ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO $5.0 2,922 $1,713 3 $49.0 7 DUPLEX $4.6 2,189 $2,109 1 $4.6 8 COLD CREEK MANOR $4.4 2,035 $2,165 2 $14.6 9 MATCHSTICK MEN $4.4 2,666 $1,633 3 $30.7 10 LOST IN TRANSLATION $3.7 488 $7,558 3 $8.6 11 DICKIE ROBERTS $3.0 1,953 $1,539 4 $20.8 12 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $2.4 1,443 $1,645 12 $295.7 13 CABIN FEVER $2.1 1,629 $1,278 3 $18.1 14 FREAKY FRIDAY $1.3 1,422 $925 8 $106.8 15 LUTHER $0.9 400 $2,271 1 $0.9 16 SEABISCUIT $0.9 876 $1,005 10 $117.4 17 OPEN RANGE $0.7 930 $730 7 $56.9 18 ANYTHING ELSE $0.6 1,033 $624 2 $2.8 19 MAMBO ITALIANO $0.5 183 $2,770 17 $4.6 20 S.W.A.T. $0.5 642 $758 8 $115.5

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF SEPT. 26-28 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

+INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

NUMBER OPENING DOMESTIC SEAN PENN Selected Films OF SITES WEEKEND* GROSS*

12/28/01 I AM SAM 2 $0.04 $40.3 5/5/00 UP AT THE VILLA 89 $0.3 $2.9 12/3/99 SWEET AND LOWDOWN 3 $0.09 $4.2 12/23/98 THE THIN RED LINE 5 $0.2 $36.4 9/12/97 THE GAME 2,403 $14.3 $48.1 12/29/95 DEAD MAN WALKING 4 $0.09 $39.4 11/10/93 CARLITO'S WAY 1,614 $9.1 $36.9 4/15/88 COLORS 422 $4.7 $46.1 4/18/86 AT CLOSE RANGE 39 $0.2 $2.0 8/13/82 FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH 498 $2.5 $38.4

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