Box Office

The Heart Of 'Texas'

The Chainsaw is mightier than the sword. Well, it was at the box office anyway, where New Line's Massacre remake slaughtered last week's champ, the samurai bleedathon ''Kill Bill -- Vol. 1,'' for No. 1. At $28.1 mil, the R-rated slasher pic easily earned back its budget and became the second-highest-grossing October debut ever, after 2002's ''Red Dragon.'' In less gory news, the weekend's World Series action kept some audiences glued to the tube, leaving ''Mystic River'' (in its first week of wide release) and newcomer ''Runaway Jury'' with softer numbers than expected. But at least Gwyneth Paltrow was smiling: Her tortured biopic ''Sylvia'' (No. 45) averaged $19,647 in three theaters.

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

1 THE TEXAS CHAINSAW $28.1 3,016 $9,315 1 $28.1 MASSACRE 2 KILL BILL -- VOL. 1 $12.4 3,102 $4,005 2 $43.2 3 RUNAWAY JURY $11.8 2,815 $4,205 1 $11.8 4 SCHOOL OF ROCK $11.0 2,951 $3,730 3 $54.9 5 MYSTIC RIVER $10.4 1,467 $7,120 2 $13.5 6 GOOD BOY! $9.0 3,225 $2,770 2 $25.7 7 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY $6.5 2,570 $2,535 2 $22.7 8 OUT OF TIME $4.0 2,344 $1,707 3 $35.2 9 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN $3.4 1,663 $2,032 4 $33.7 10 THE RUNDOWN $2.8 2,099 $1,325 4 $44.5 11 LOST IN TRANSLATION $1.9 771 $2,468 6 $21.0 12 SECONDHAND LIONS $1.9 1,610 $1,171 5 $38.4 13 HOUSE OF THE DEAD $1.8 1,540 $1,145 2 $8.8 14 THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS $1.0 867 $1,193 5 $28.8 15 UNDERWORLD $0.9 904 $997 5 $50.5 16 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $0.7 493 $1,326 15 $300.6 17 VERONICA GUERIN $0.6 472 $1,295 1 $0.6 18 FINDING NEMO $0.5 455 $1,124 21 $338.2 19 LUTHER $0.4 219 $1,727 4 $3.7 20 COLD CREEK MANOR $0.3 480 $584 5 $20.8

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF OCT. 17-19 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC MEG RYAN Top Grossers WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

5/16/86 TOP GUN $8.2 1,028 $176.8 6/25/93 SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE $17.3 1,579 $126.7 12/18/98 YOU'VE GOT MAIL $18.4 2,691 $115.7 7/12/89 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY $1.1 41 $92.8 4/10/98 CITY OF ANGELS $15.4 2,212 $78.6 7/12/96 COURAGE UNDER FIRE $12.5 1,986 $59.0 4/29/94 WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN $9.4 1,298 $50.0 12/25/01 KATE & LEOPOLD $2.6** 2,449 $47.1 3/9/90 JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO $9.3 1,802 $39.4 5/5/95 FRENCH KISS $9.0 1,721 $38.9

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