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TOP 10 AT THE BOX OFFICE (6/2I/2002 - 1/19/2003)



WEEKEND OF 1/17-1/19


Mega-macho producer Jerry Bruckheimer gets the last laugh. "Kangaroo Jack," his fabulously flatulent buddy comedy, was savaged by the critics, and several reviewers made rude reference to the showman's astonishing string of cheesy but commercial hits. Yet the movie opened in the Number One spot (we thought the winner would be "National Security," but that roundly ridiculed buddy comedy had to settle for Number Two.)


1. KANGAROO JACK

2. NATIONAL SECURITY

3. JUST MARRIED

4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

5. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

6. CHICAGO

7. A GUY THING

8. ABOUT SCHMIDT

9. THE HOURS

10. TWO WEEKS NOTICE


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WEEKEND OF 1/10-1/12


It takes more than brains to be a winner at the box office. Need proof? "Just Married," the movie that goes from dumb to dumbest without stopping at dumber, finished first. So brace yourself for "Just Divorced."


1. JUST MARRIED

2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

3. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

4. TWO WEEKS NOTICE

5. ABOUT SCHMIDT

6. CHICAGO

7. MAID IN MANHATTAN (Tie)

GANGS OF NEW YORK (Tie)

9. ANTWONE FISHER

10. ADAPTATION (Tie)

DRUMLINE (Tie)



WEEKEND OF 1/3-1/5

"Lord" still towers above all its rivals ($25,650,00 was the take for this weekend, bringing the total to $261,664,000). But "Catch Me If You Can," in the Number 2 spot, is catching on big ($21,300,000 for the weekend and a cumulative figure of $97,600,000). Leo's other year-end opener, "The Gangs of New York," remains a commercial question mark. On the other hand, "About Schmidt" and "Chicago," playing in limited release, show huge promise.


1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

2. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

3. TWO WEEKS NOTICE

4. MAID IN MANHATTAN

5. ABOUT SCHMIDT

6. GANGS OF NEW YORK

7. DRUMLINE

8. THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE

9. CHICAGO

10. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS





WEEKEND OF 12/20-12/22

The second in the "Rings" cycle, which opened on Wednesday, earned $61.5 million over the weekend, bringing its total take to a whopping $101.5 million. Sandra and Hugh (they're so just-plain-folks that there's no need for last names) grabbed the Number 2 spot, knocking J. Lo and Ralph to Number 3. "Gangs of New York" has not yet opened wide, so there's still a chance that it will climb higher than Number 4. As for "Star Trek: Nemesis," it's strictly over and out.


1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

2. TWO WEEKS NOTICE

3. MAID IN MANHATTAN

4. GANGS OF NEW YORK

5. DRUMLINE

6. THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE

7. THE HOT CHICK (Tie)

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Tie)

9. STAR TREK: NEMESIS

10. DIE ANOTHER DAY



WEEKEND OF 12/13-12/15

The not-so-astonishing news here is that audiences were more eager to see a foxy, down-to-earth diva cleaning toilets and making beds in the Big Apple than a bunch of fossils doddering around in outer space.


1. MAID IN MANHATTAN

2. STAR TREK: NEMESIS

3. DRUMLINE

4. THE HOT CHICK (Tie)

DIE ANOTHER DAY (Tie)

6. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

7. ANALYZE THAT

8. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

9. TREASURE PLANET

10. EMPIRE


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WEEKEND OF 12/6-12/8


Only 5 sequels on the list this weekend. And "Analyze That," copycat of the criminally commercial "Analyze This," opened in the Number 2 spot with a wimpy $11.3 million. With luck, this could be the end of something big.


1. DIE ANOTHER DAY

2. ANALYZE THAT

3. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

4. EMPIRE

5. TREASURE PLANET

6. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

7. ADAM SANDLER'S 8 CRAZY NIGHTS

8. FRIDAY AFTER NEXT

9. 8 MILE

10. THE RING



WEEKEND OF 11/29-12/01

No big surprises here, unless you didn't expect "Solaris," the somber intergalactic adventure, to come crashing back down to earth. Or maybe you thought "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" would be a permanent fixture on the Top 10 list (it was actually Number 11 this weekend).


1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

2. DIE ANOTHER DAY

3. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

4. TREASURE PLANET

5. ADAM SANDLER'S EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS

6. FRIDAY AFTER NEXT

7. SOLARIS

8. 8 MILE

9. THEY

10. THE RING





WEEKEND OF 11/22-11/24

What to do when you hear that the latest Bond flick has opened in the Number One spot with a take of $47-million? Yawn, of course. And then yawn, yawn, yawn again when you hear that "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Friday After Next" and "The Santa Clause 2" are the runners-up. Hooray for Hollywood originality!

1. DIE ANOTHER DAY

2. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

3. FRIDAY AFTER NEXT

4. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

5. 8 MILE

6. THE RING

7. THE EMPEROR'S CLUB

8. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

9. HALF PAST DEAD

10. FRIDA


WEEKEND OF 11/15-11/17

Receiving stronger reviews than the first Potter powerhouse, "Chamber of Secrets" shattered a few box-office records and reaped $87,690,000 on its opening weekend. In the Number 2 spot, Eminem is showing off his legs in "8 Mile," racing to a cumulative toll of $86,425,000. As for the longest Fat Greek Wedding in history, next weekend should see it mushroom above the $200,000,000 mark.


1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

2. 8 MILE

3. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

4. THE RING

5. HALF PAST DEAD

6. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

7. jackass: the movie

8. I SPY

9. FRIDA

10. HOME SWEET ALABAMA



WEEKEND OF 11/8-11/10

Can a controversial white rapper from Detroit--a guy with no acting experience--play the lead in a searingly emotional movie, get raves from tough critics, and clean up at the box office? He can if he's Eminem, whose "8 Mile" earned a sensational $54.5 million on its opening weekend. Eat your heart out, Madonna, Prince, Mariah, Whitney and Britney.

1. 8 MILE

2. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

3. THE RING

4. I SPY

5. jackass: the movie

6. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

7. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

8. GHOST SHIP

9. FEMME FATALE

10. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE



WEEKEND OF 11/1-11/3

"The Santa Clause 2" made it to Number One, shoveling up $29-million at the box office. "I Spy," the comedy-thriller that failed to make the critics laugh, was not a popular favorite either. It came in third, trailing behind "The Ring," even though the horror flick was playing at fewer houses. Here's the complete line-up.


1. THE SANTA CLAUSE 2

2. THE RING

3. I SPY

4. jackass: the movie

5. GHOST SHIP

6. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

7. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

8. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

9. RED DRAGON

10. BROWN SUGAR


WEEKEND OF 10/25-10/27


Boys of all ages got off on "jackass: the movie," an avalanche of mindless mirth revolving around urination, defecation, regurgitation and self-battering. Springing from Johnny Knoxville's "reality stunts" show, this joint effort from MTV and Paramount took in $22,700,000 at the box office, bumping last weekend's champ, "The Ring," into the Number 2 spot. Can "jackass: the movie 2" be far behind?


1. jackass: the movie

2. THE RING

3. GHOST SHIP

4. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

5. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

6. RED DRAGON

7. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

8. JONAH: A VEGGIE TALES MOVIE

9. THE TRANSPORTER

10. BROWN SUGAR





WEEKEND OF 10/18-10/20


"The Ring," a clone of the 1998 Japanese cult film, rang a surprising $15-million bell at the box office, but "Abandon," a tepid chiller starring Katie Holmes, failed to seduce audiences. As for Samuel L. Jackson's "Formula 51," that unthrilling thriller tanked below the Top 10 level.


1. THE RING

2. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

3. RED DRAGON

4. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

5. BROWN SUGAR (Tie)

ABANDON (Tie)

7. THE TRANSPORTER

8. THE TUXEDO

9. JONAH; A VEGGIE TALES MOVIE

10. TUCK EVERLASTING




WEEKEND OF 10/11-10/13

Living up to his reputation, Hannibal Lecter is behaving like The Man Who Came to Dinner. He simply refuses to leave the Number One spot, bringing "Red Dragon's" cumulative take to $63.2 million. To the surprise of nobody--with the possible exception of Madonna and Guy Ritchie--"Swept Away" sank to the bottom shortly after leaving the dock. "Punch-Drunk Love," on the other hand, was a knock-out in its limited engagements and is undoubtedly headed for the Top 10 list.

1. RED DRAGON

2. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

3. BROWN SUGAR

4. THE TRANSPORTER

5. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

6. THE TUXEDO

7. WHITE OLEANDER

8. TUCK EVERLASTING

9. KNOCKAROUND GUYS

10. BARBERSHOP



WEEKEND OF 10/4-10/6

Hannibal's "Red Dragon" gobbled up the competition this weekend. How big was the bite? A piercing $37,500,000. Meanwhile, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," in the Number Four spot, is still doing festive business with a cumulative take of $147,976,268, making it the most commercially successful indie of all time.


1. RED DRAGON

2. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

3. THE TUXEDO

4. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

5. BARBERSHOP

6. JONAH: A VEGGIE TALES MOVIE

7. THE BANGER SISTERS

8. THE FOUR FEATHERS

9. MOONLIGHT MILE

10. ONE HOUR PHOTO



WEEKEND OF 9-27-9/29

If you thought Reese Witherspoon wasn't a guarantee that a movie--even a movie that received tepid reviews--would open in the Number One spot, you were wrong. Her "Sweet Home Alabama" earned a sweet $37,500,000 this past weekend. No wonder she's pulling down $15,000,000 for the sequel to "Legally Blonde."

1. SWEET HOME ALABAMA

2. THE TUXEDO

3. BARBERSHOP

4. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

5. THE BANGER SISTERS

6. THE FOUR FEATHERS

7. ONE HOUR PHOTO

8. BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER

9. SIGNS

10. SWIMFAN
WEEKEND OF 9/20-9/22

Ice Cube continues to be red hot. His "Barbershop" is Number 1 for the second weekend in a row, raking in $13,000,000 and boasting a 2-week total of $38,876,000. Goldie Hawn, as a never-say-no groupie, helped place "The Banger Sisters" in the Number 2 slot (her daughter, Kate Hudson, fared less well as a proper British lady in the featherweight "Four Feathers," landing in a tie for Number 4 with "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever").

As for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the Number 3 movie, it has only $16,000,000 to go before giving the boot to "The Blair Witch Project" and becoming the most profitable indie of all time.


1. BARBERSHOP

2. THE BANGER SISTERS

3. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

4. BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (Tie)

4. THE FOUR FEATHERS (Tie)

6. ONE HOUR PHOTO

7. STEALING HARVARD (Tie)

7. SIGNS (Tie)

7. SWIMFAN (Tie)

10. TRAPPED





WEEKEND OF 9/13-9/15/02

What's going on here? There's nary a special-effects extravaganza in the whole lot, and only two franchise flicks. "Barbershop" looks like a "Big Fat Greek Wedding"-sized sleeper, bringing in a wide-awake $21,000,000 on its first weekend out. In the meantime, "Wedding," the $5,000,000 movie which has earned $110,703,582 to date, clings to the Number 2 spot. Both of these feel-good films are set in Chicago, as was "The Road to Perdition," which recently passed the $100,000,000 mark. That must mean something. But what?

1. BARBERSHOP

2. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

3. ONE HOUR PHOTO

4. STEALING HARVARD

5. SWIMFAN

6. SIGNS

7. CITY BY THE SEA

8. XXX

9. SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS

10. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER



WEEKEND OF 9/6-9/8


A lot of little-engine-that-could people were rooting for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to come in first, but "Swimfan," a teen spin on "Fatal Attraction," beat it out. Still, the Number 2 spot is no disgrace, and the Chicago-set sleeper has now grossed $96,044,183 in its 21 weeks in release. A safe bet is that the critically dunked "Swimfan" will sink off the list by next week.


1. SWIMFAN

2. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

3. CITY BY THE SEA

4. SIGNS

5. XXX

6. SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS

7. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER

8. FEAR DOT COM

9. SPIDER-MAN & MEN IN BLACK 2 (PAIRED)

10. BLUE CRUSH



HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF 8/30-9/2


Memo to Mel: Beware of Big Fat Greeks


1. SIGNS

2. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

3. XXX

4. SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS

5. FEAR DOT COM

6. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER

7. BLUE CRUSH

8. SERVING SARA

9. THE GOOD GIRL

10. ROAD TO PERDITION


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TOP 10 AT THE BOX OFFICE

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TOP 10 AT THE BOX OFFICE
(WEEKEND OF 8/23-8/25)

THE CLIMB BACK TO THE TOP OF THE LIST BY "SIGNS" IS A SURE SIGN THAT MOVIEGOERS ARE IN THE MOOD FOR A GOOD SCARE THAT ALSO PACKS AN INSPIRATIONAL PUNCH. SO FAR, THE FILM'S TAKEN IN $173,200,000. "XXX" SLIPPED TO NUMBER 2, BUT IT'S HARDLY A LOSER, HAVING EARNED A TOTAL OF $106,700,000. "SIMONE," THE COMEDY ABOUT A GORGEOUS, DIGITALLY CREATED SUPERSTAR, LEFT NOBODY LAUGHING. IT BLEW A FUSE AND FIZZLED TO A DAMP $4,050,000. HERE'S THE COMPLETE LIST.

1. SIGNS

2. XXX

3. SPY KIDS: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS

4. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

5. BLUE CRUSH

6. SERVING SARA

7. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER

8. UNDISPUTED

9. SIMONE

10. BLOOD WORK


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THE CRASH OF PLUTO NASH

(WEEKEND OF 8/16-8/18)


ON THE ACTION FRONT, VIN DIESEL CONTINUES TO SHOW MEGA-MUSCLE, BRINGING THE "XXX" 2-WEEK TOTAL TO $84,900,000. CLINT EASTWOOD, ON THE OTHER HAND, COMES UP SHORT OF BREATH (AND CASH), PULLING IN AN ANEMIC $4,800,000. THE CUMULATIVE TAKE ON Clint's "BLOOD WORK" IS A DISAPPOINTING $15,302,000.

AIMING FOR LAUGHS, MIKE MYERS HAS PLENTY TO CHUCKLE ABOUT WITH "AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER," WHICH HAS ALREADY RAKED IN $183,867,000 AT THE TICKET WINDOW. BUT EDDIE MURPHY'S "THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH" IS A CRYING SHAME, EARNING JUST $2,150,000 ON ITS FIRST WEEKEND. OH WELL, AT LEAST IT MADE THE NUMBER 10 SPOT. THE COMPLETE LIST FOLLOWS:


1. XXX
2. SIGNS
3. BLUE CRUSH
4. SPY KIDS 2: THE ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS
5. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
6. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
7. BLOOD WORK
8. ROAD TO PERDITION
9. THE MASTER OF DISGUISE
10. THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH


"SIGNS" OF THE TIMES
TOP 10 AT THE BOX OFFICE

(WEEKEND OF 8/2-8/4)

AUDIENCES SEEKING SIMPLE, SOOTHING ANSWERS TO COMPLICATED COSMIC QUESTIONS SHELLED OUT $60,300,000 TO SEE "SIGNS," M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN'S LATEST EXERCISE IN RELIGIO-BABBLE. "AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER," MAKING NO EFFORT WHATSOEVER TO ENLIGHTEN OR UPLIFT US, FINISHED IN SECOND PLACE, BRINGING ITS 2-WEEK TOTAL TO A SHAGAWHOPPING $142,959,000. AND DANA CARVEY'S "THE MASTER OF DISGUISE," THE MOVIE EVERY CRITIC LOVED TO HATE, CAME IN THIRD WITH $13,000,000. THE COMPLETE LIST FOLLOWS...


1. SIGNS
2. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER
3. THE MASTER OF DISGUISE
4. MARTIN LAWRENCE LIVE: RUNTEDLDAT
5. ROAD TO PERDITION
6. STUART LITTLE 2
7. MEN IN BLACK II
8. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
9. K-119: THE WIDOWMAKER
10. THE COUNTRY BEARS


HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME WHEN WE PAID SO MUCH GOOD MONEY TO SEE SUCH BAD MOVIES? PERHAPS NOT, BUT WHEN I LOGGED ONTO BOX OFFICE GURU TO CHECK THE NUMBERS FOR THE WEEKEND OF 8/1-8/3 JUST FIVE YEARS AGO, I FOUND THERE IS ROOM FOR DEBATE. THESE WERE THE CHAMPS...


1. AIR FORCE ONE
2. SPAWN
3. GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE
4. MEN IN BLACK
5. PICTURE PERFECT
6. CONTACT
7. AIR BUD
8. NOTHING TO LOSE
9. FACE/OFF
10. GOOD BURGER


HOW MANY OF THOSE IMMORTAL GEMS DID YOU SEE?




(MOSTLY) BAD MOVIES PEOPLE ARE PAYING GOOD MONEY TO SEE


(WEEKEND OF 7/26-7/28)


l. AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER

2. ROAD TO PERDITION

3. STUART LITTLE 2

4. MEN IN BLACK II

5. K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER

6. THE COUNTRY BEARS

7. MR. DEEDS

8. REIGN OF FIRE

9. MINORITY REPORT

10. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING



DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS...


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(WEEKEND OF 7/19-7/21)

1. ROAD TO PERDITION
2. STUART LITTLE 2
3. MEN IN BLACK II
4. K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER
5. REIGN OF FIRE
6. MR. DEEDS
7. EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS
8. HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION
9. LILO & STITCH
10. THE CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE

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(Weekend of 7/12-7/14)


1. Men in Black II

2. Road to Perdition

3. Reign of Fire

4. Halloween: Resurrection

5. Mr. Deeds

6. The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

7. Like Mike

8. Lilo & Stitch

9. Minority Report

10. The Bourne Identity


Despite the jolly treat of seeing perpetual Nice Guy Tom Hanks turn into a chilling assassin, "Road to Perdition" did not blow "Men in Black II" out of the box-office water. "Road," Sam Mendes' artistically ambitious flick about 1930's mobsterism, mowed down a respectable $22.1 for the weekend, but it trailed "Men," Barry Sonnefeld's clone of his own alien-ated comedy, which hauled in a huge $25 million, sending its 12-day take to a dizzying $133.3 million. On the other hand, "Men" played in twice as many theaters as "Road" and will surely travel upward next week.

The eight runners-up? ZZZZZZZZZZZZ...


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(WEEKEND OF 7/5-7/7)


1. MEN IN BLACK II

2. MR. DEEDS

3. LIKE MIKE

4. LILO & STITCH

5. MINORITY REPORT

6. THE BOURNE IDENTITY

7. SCOOBY-DOO

8. THE SUM OF ALL FEARS

9. THE POWERPUFF GIRLS MOVIE

10. DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD


There's got to be a mistake here. I was SURE that "Read My Lips" would top the list. Can we have a recount?

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(WEEKEND OF 6/28-6/30)


1. MR. DEEDS

2. LILO & STITCH

3. MINORITY REPORT

4. SCOOBY-DOO

5. THE BOURNE IDENTITY

6. HEY ARNOLD! THE MOVIE

7. THE SUM OF ALL FEARS

8. DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD

9. WINDTALKERS

10. STAR WARS: EPISODE II--ATTACK OF THE CLONES


Despite what critics had been predicting, not every bad "Deeds" gets punished at the box office. Adam Sandler went to town with his "Mr. Deeds" rip-off, bringing home $37,600,000 and leaving "Lilo & Stitch" ($22,200,000) and "Minority Report" ($21,630,00) in the dust. And since Gary Cooper received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the noble hayseed in Frank Capra's 1936 comedy, who could blame Sandler for daydreaming of his own little statuette? On the other hand, Jean Arthur was not nominated for her performance as the cynical reporter who plays Deeds for a sap--so Winona Ryder shouldn't get her hopes up.

As for "Hey Arnold! The Movie," Paramount may want to consider adding a question mark to the title of the puny $6,000,000 grosser that failed to make the top five.

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(WEEKEND OF 6/2I-6/23)


1. Minority Report

2. Lilo & Stitch

3. Scooby-Doo

4. The Bourne Identity

5. The Sum of All Fears

6. Windtalkers

7. Juwanna Mann

8. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

9. Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of the Clones

10. Spider-Man


Don't take everything you read on the list above as gospel. The outraged folks at Disney insist that "Lilo & Stitch," estimated to have taken in $35.8 million at the box office, actually out-grossed Fox's "Minority Report," reported to have earned $36.9 million.

Apparently, the true truth will be told on Monday afternoon. Is the suspense killing you? As for us, we're just shocked that "Scooby-Doo," last week's victor, racked up a measly $24.3 million, sliding all the way down to third place. The public is so fickle.

P.S. On what must have been a Gloomy Monday for Disney, the truth was established--their dog lost the blue ribbon to Spielberg's pre-cogsl The "Minority" has spoken! Now let's see who has legs...