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Sexy Beast

Lucky for Universal, 10-year-olds don't read movie reviews. How else to explain the fact that the studio's utterly loathed Dr. Seuss adaptation ''The Cat in the Hat,'' starring Mike Myers, clawed its way to a $38.3 million first-place opening? Of course, adults do read reviews, which may be why the movie fell well short of the $55.1 million debut of 2000's ''Grinch.'' Folks of all ages continued to pack into Will Ferrell's ''Elf,'' whose three-week total now stands at $94.7 million, while more grown-up fare like the critically adored ''21 Grams'' (No. 22) and the critically unloved Halle Berry suspense chiller ''Gothika'' (No. 2) did quite well. Apparently, psycho-horror fans don't read reviews either.

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

1 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN $38.3 3,464 $11,065 1 $38.3 THE HAT 2 GOTHIKA $19.3 2,382 $8,098 1 $19.3 3 ELF $18.7 3,381 $5,536 3 $94.7 4 MASTER AND COMMANDER $15.2 3,101 $4,906 2 $47.3 5 LOVE ACTUALLY $8.6 1,690 $5,115 3 $30.4 6 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS $7.0 3,024 $2,325 3 $125.4 7 BROTHER BEAR $5.3 2,885 $1,853 5 $70.3 8 LOONEY TUNES: $4.2 2,903 $1,452 2 $14.8 BACK IN ACTION 9 SCARY MOVIE 3 $3.1 2,359 $1,329 5 $106.5 10 RADIO $2.6 1,925 $1,360 5 $47.1 11 MYSTIC RIVER $2.0 1,250 $1,614 7 $48.6 12 RUNAWAY JURY $1.5 1,061 $1,400 6 $46.8 13 TUPAC: RESURRECTION $1.1 804 $1,388 2 $6.6 14 SCHOOL OF ROCK $1.0 780 $1,288 8 $77.7 15 THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE $0.9 945 $973 6 $79.2 16 THE HUMAN STAIN $0.7 388 $1,809 4 $3.9 17 KILL BILL -- VOL. 1 $0.6 398 $1,421 7 $68.4 18 LOST IN TRANSLATION $0.5 228 $2,332 11 $28.1 19 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN $0.4 375 $1,125 20 $304.2 20 THE STATION AGENT $0.4 149 $2,829 8 $2.6

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF NOV. 21-23 *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 THANKSGIVING OPENERS WEEKEND*+ SITES GROSS

11/19/99 TOY STORY 2 $80.1 3,236 $245.9 11/22/00 UNBREAKABLE $46.0 2,708 $95.0 11/20/98 A BUG'S LIFE $45.7 2,686 $162.8 11/27/96 101 DALMATIANS $45.1 2,794 $136.2 11/22/89 BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II $43.0 1,865 $118.5 11/22/95 TOY STORY $39.1 2,457 $191.8 11/26/97 FLUBBER $35.9 2,641 $93.0 11/27/85 ROCKY IV $31.8 1,325 $127.9 11/24/99 END OF DAYS $31.5 2,593 $66.9 11/24/93 MRS. DOUBTFIRE $27.6 1,605 $219.2

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