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The Neo Deal

Hey, Agent Smith: Why so mad, pal? While a $48.5 million opening is nothing to sneer at, The Matrix Revolutions definitely failed to meet expectations last weekend. The trilogy capper's five-day take was $50 million less than what May's The Matrix Reloaded did in its first four. And it couldn't even match the $51.2 million opening of 8 Mile, the top movie a year ago. (But see page 13 for Revolutions' impressive worldwide gross.) All of which means the good cheer was saved for Will Ferrell's generally beloved Christmas comedy Elf, which had an excellent $31.1 million second-place finish, and the Brit romance Love Actually, which landed at No. 6, averaging $11,955 in limited release.

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

1 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS $48.5 3,502 $13,842 1 $83.8 2 ELF $31.1 3,337 $9,324 1 $31.1 3 BROTHER BEAR $18.5 3,030 $6,114 3 $44.0 4 SCARY MOVIE 3 $10.8 3,288 $3,288 3 $93.1 5 RADIO $7.2 2,811 $2,567 3 $36.1 6 LOVE ACTUALLY $6.9 576 $11,955 1 $6.9 7 THE TEXAS CHAINSAW $4.9 2,378 $2,077 4 $73.4 MASSACRE 8 MYSTIC RIVER $4.8 1,581 $3,028 5 $40.4 9 RUNAWAY JURY $4.7 2,133 $2,190 4 $40.0 10 SCHOOL OF ROCK $3.0 1,982 $1,527 6 $73.5 11 KILL BILL -- VOL. 1 $2.3 1,681 $1,382 5 $64.8 12 IN THE CUT $1.0 825 $1,177 3 $4.0 13 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.9 380 $2,482 9 $26.2 14 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY $0.9 672 $1,360 5 $33.5 15 UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN $0.8 574 $1,430 7 $41.3 16 GOOD BOY! $0.8 1,274 $599 5 $36.6 17 THE HUMAN STAIN $0.8 187 $4,077 2 $2.2 18 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $0.7 472 $1,408 18 $302.6 19 OUT OF TIME $0.5 506 $892 6 $40.1 20 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN $0.3 92 $3,780 7 $1.4

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF NOV. 7-9 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS +INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

OPENING NUMBER OF DOMESTIC TOP WEDNESDAY OPENERS DAY* SITES GROSS

5/19/99 STAR WARS: EPISODE I... $28.5 2,970 $431.1 12/18/02 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: $26.2 3,622 $339.7 THE TWO TOWERS 11/5/03 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS $24.3 3,502 $83.8** 7/18/01 JURASSIC PARK III $19.0 3,434 $181.2 7/3/02 MEN IN BLACK II $18.6 3,557 $190.4 12/19/01 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: $18.2 3,359 $313.4 THE FELLOWSHIP... 7/3/96 INDEPENDENCE DAY $17.4 2,882 $306.2 7/2/97 MEN IN BLACK $14.0 3,020 $250.7 7/9/03 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $13.5 3,023 $302.6** 5/24/00 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 $12.5 3,653 $215.4

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

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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