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SPECIAL 'EFFECT'

Let's get ready to rumble! With the hard-fought heavyweight holiday season winding down, Hollywood sets its sights on some middleweight matchups. Last weekend saw the anticipated battle of the That '70s Show stars (a.k.a. The Thrilla in Vanilla) -- a surprisingly one-sided affair in which Ashton Kutcher's The Butterfly Effect (No. 1) KO'd Topher Grace's Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! (No. 3). Defending champ Along Came Polly (No. 2) lost a close decision, dropping 50 percent. And the rebound of awards favorite Mystic River, which stepped back in the ring on 1,194 new screens, proves that a four-month-old movie can still pack a punch.

NUMBER WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND OF PER-SITE IN TO TOP 20 GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT $17.1 2,605 $6,551 1 $17.1 2 ALONG CAME POLLY $16.4 2,995 $5,460 2 $53.3 3 WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! $7.3 2,711 $2,700 1 $7.3 4 BIG FISH $7.1 2,438 $2,916 7 $48.9 5 LOTR: THE RETURN OF THE KING $6.8 2,558 $2,653 6 $337.8 6 CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN $6.4 2,812 $2,269 5 $122.5 7 COLD MOUNTAIN $5.0 2,802 $1,786 5 $72.6 8 TORQUE $4.5 2,463 $1,824 2 $17.3 9 SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE $4.0 2,143 $1,875 7 $107.1 10 MYSTIC RIVER $3.4 1,327 $2,538 16 $58.8 11 CALENDAR GIRLS $2.4 966 $2,470 6 $21.5 12 THE LAST SAMURAI $2.2 1,115 $1,953 8 $105.5 13 MONSTER $2.1 330 $6,219 5 $6.0 14 MY BABY'S DADDY $2.0 1,227 $1,658 3 $15.6 15 DISNEY'S TEACHER'S PET $1.4 2,027 $704 2 $5.3 16 PETER PAN $1.2 1,124 $1,090 5 $45.5 17 PAYCHECK $1.2 1,108 $1,062 5 $52.6 18 THE COOLER $0.9 408 $2,238 9 $5.0 19 MONA LISA SMILE $0.9 1,007 $882 6 $62.4 20 21 GRAMS $0.9 401 $2,130 10 $12.1

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF JAN. 23-25 *WEEKEND-GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

OWEN WILSON OPENING NUMBER DOMESTIC Track Record WEEKEND* OF SITES GROSS

7/1/98 ARMAGEDDON $36.1 3,127 $201.6 10/6/00 MEET THE PARENTS $28.6 2,614 $166.2 7/23/99 THE HAUNTING $33.4 2,808 $91.2 4/11/97 ANACONDA $16.6 2,456 $65.6 2/14/03 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS $19.6 2,753 $60.5 6/14/96 THE CABLE GUY $19.8 2,657 $60.2 11/30/01 BEHIND ENEMY LINES $18.7 2,770 $58.9 5/26/00 SHANGHAI NOON $15.6 2,711 $56.9 12/14/01 THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS $0.3 5 $52.4 9/28/01 ZOOLANDER $15.5 2,507 $45.2

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints