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''Barbershop 2'' was a cut above the rest. The sequel starring Ice Cube and Queen Latifah came out on top its opening weekend

Barbershop 2: Back in Business | 'BARBERSHOP' SEXTUPLET (From left) Leonard Earl Howze, Troy Garity, Kenan Thompson, Cedric, Michael Ealy, and Eve
'BARBERSHOP' SEXTUPLET (From left) Leonard Earl Howze, Troy Garity, Kenan Thompson, Cedric, Michael Ealy, and Eve

Millions of movie fans made an appointment at the ''Barbershop'' this weekend, as ''Barbershop 2: Back in Business'' topped the box office with an impressive $25.2 million, according to studio estimates.

The sequel, which stars Ice Cube, Eve, Cedric the Entertainer, and Queen Latifah, opened better than the first ''Barbershop'' comedy, which premiered with $20.6 million in 2002. Judging from its strong reviews, the sequel should have no problem earning more than the original's $75.8 million total gross.

The sports drama ''Miracle'' also opened well with $19.4 million. The story of the 1980 gold-medal-winning US hockey team starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson certainly benefitted from its well-attended sneak-preview showings last weekend. Two years ago, the Dennis Quaid baseball drama ''The Rookie'' debuted with $16 million on its way to a $75.6 million total gross; ''Miracle'' should also end up in that range.

Last week's top film, the hip-hop drama ''You Got Served,'' slipped 52 percent to $7.7 million, while the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston comedy ''Along Came Polly'' dropped only 25 percent to $7 million, bringing its total to $75.2 million so far. And Ashton Kutcher's ''The Butterfly Effect'' saw a 30 percent decline to $6.7 million, good enough for fifth place.

Meanwhile, the weekend's third new wide release, the family action film ''Catch That Kid,'' managed only $6 million despite the widest opening of the weekend. Thanks to ''Kid'''s tepid reviews and vague marketing campaign, not too many kids felt like catching it at all.

Originally posted Feb 08, 2004
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