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'Bill' Of Rights

The Uma Thurman martial-arts showcase ''Kill Bill -- Vol. 1'' (or as we prefer to call it, The 1st Half of the 4th Film by Quentin Tarantino) made a bloody mess last weekend but still cleaned up in theaters, earning $22.1 million and giving its director his biggest premiere ever. Among other openers, ''Mystic River'' averaged a stunning $49,293 per screen in limited release; it goes wide this week. MGM's canines-from-space kiddie movie, ''Good Boy!'' (No. 3), also surprised by nearly fetching back its entire $18 million budget. And the George Clooney-Catherine Zeta-Jones comedy, ''Intolerable Cruelty'' (No. 4), did all right too -- but man, losing to those dogs really bites.

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

1 KILL BILL -- VOL. 1 $22.1 3,102 $7,121 1 $22.1 2 SCHOOL OF ROCK $15.5 2,929 $5,288 2 $39.7 3 GOOD BOY! $13.1 3,225 $4,064 1 $13.1 4 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY $12.5 2,564 $4,885 1 $12.5 5 OUT OF TIME $8.6 3,076 $2,793 2 $28.7 6 HOUSE OF THE DEAD $5.7 1,520 $3,739 1 $5.7 7 THE RUNDOWN $5.2 2,823 $1,845 3 $40.3 8 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN $4.9 1,701 $2,887 3 $28.3 9 SECONDHAND LIONS $3.3 2,563 $1,286 4 $35.4 10 LOST IN TRANSLATION $2.8 882 $3,200 5 $18.1 11 UNDERWORLD $2.3 1,906 $1,200 4 $48.8 12 THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS $1.9 1,168 $1,636 4 $27.2 13 COLD CREEK MANOR $1.1 1,163 $927 4 $20.2 14 ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO $1.1 1,131 $942 5 $55.0 15 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $1.0 801 $1,276 14 $299.5 16 MATCHSTICK MEN $1.0 1,021 $863 5 $35.8 17 MYSTIC RIVER $0.6 13 $49,293 1 $0.8 18 DUPLEX $0.6 961 $664 3 $9.2 19 FINDING NEMO $0.6 540 $1,160 20 $337.4 20 LUTHER $0.6 311 $1,821 3 $3.0

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF OCT. 10-12 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS +INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

NUMBER OPENING DOMESTIC COURTROOM FILMS Top Grossers OF SITES WEEKEND* GROSS

12/11/92 A FEW GOOD MEN 1,925 $15.5 $141.3 7/24/96 A TIME TO KILL 2,123 $14.8 $108.8 7/13/01 LEGALLY BLONDE 2,620 $20.4 $96.5 12/25/98 A CIVIL ACTION 2 $.007 $56.7 4/3/96 PRIMAL FEAR 1,983 $9.9 $56.1 12/8/82 THE VERDICT 3 $0.1 $54.1 10/18/96 SLEEPERS 1,915 $12.3 $53.3 3/13/92 MY COUSIN VINNY 1,227 $7.4 $51.1 1981 ABSENCE OF MALICE N/A N/A $43.8** 10/4/85 JAGGED EDGE 1,124 $4.1 $40.4

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