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''Hero'' easily holds on to No. 1. The martial arts movie takes in $11.5 million over Labor Day weekend -- an easy feat considering the weak competition

Jet Li, Hero (Movie - 2004) | UNFAIR FIGHT Li's film again won the top spot, though its competition was unappealing
UNFAIR FIGHT Li's film again won the top spot, though its competition was unappealing

The summer movie season went out with a whimper, as Jet Li's ''Hero'' remained at No. 1 at the box office in the face of extremely lackluster competition.

''Hero'' grossed $11.5 million over the Friday-to-Monday long weekend, according to studio estimates. By contrast, last year's top Labor Day film, ''Jeepers Creepers 2,'' earned $18.4 million. In fact, ''Hero'''s take marks the lowest for a No. 1 film since the weekend after Labor Day last year, when David Spade's ''Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star'' topped the charts with a mere $6.7 million.

Surprisingly, the goofy comedy ''Without a Paddle'' actually rose one spot to No. 2, with $9.4 million, while ''Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid'' slipped to third, with $8 million.

Close behind was the best performing of the weekend's four new films: the drama ''Paparazzi,'' which earned a fair $7.9 million. Meanwhile, ''The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'' placed fifth, with $7.3 million.

That means the three other new releases placed out of the top five. Josh Hartnett's thriller ''Wicker Park'' came in at No. 6, with an embarrassing $6.8 million, while Reese Witherspoon's period drama ''Vanity Fair'' and the ensemble comedy ''The Cookout,'' featuring Queen Latifah, both grossed $6.1 million in about half the theaters of the rest of the top 10. Perhaps this coming weekend's ''Resident Evil'' sequel will shake things up a bit. But even that's not a sure thing.

Originally posted Sep 06, 2004