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Boogeyman makes it two for two for Ghost House

Boogeyman, Ghost House Pictures' follow-up to lastyear's debut release The Grudge, capitalised on horror's mass appeal with anestimated $19.5m number one opening.

Trailing some way behind in second place on $11m was GoldCircle's romantic comedy The Wedding Date,released in domestic theatres through Universal.

Boogeyman stars Barry Watson and Emily Deschaneland concerns the tale of a young man who returns home following his father'sdeath to face a childhood fear.

Stephen T Kay's picture averaged $6,389 on 3,052 screensbut drew dire reviews.

In TheWedding Date, which alsofailed to impress the critics, Debra Messing plays an unmarried woman whoemploys the services of a professional escort to accompany her to her youngersister's wedding. Dermot Mulroney also stars.

Clare Kilner'slatest picture averaged $6,493 from 1,694 and also stars Jack Davenport.

Both films aresold in international territories by Joe Drake's Mandate Pictures.

Last week'schampion Hide And Seekfell three places to fourth on $8.9m for $35.7m in its second weekend, whileParamount's comedy Are We There Yet' slipped one place to third in its third weekend on $10.4mfor $51.1m.

The leadingOscar contenders maintained their presence in the top 10. Warner Bros' MillionDollar Baby slid two tofifth on $8.8m for $34.7m in its eighth weekend, one place ahead of TheAviator, released in theUS through Miramax, which stayed in sixth and added $5.4m for $75.9m after thesame amount of time.

FoxSearchlight's Sidewaysstayed in eighth place and raised its running total by $4.8m to $46.8m after 16weekends. It overtook The Full Monty this weekend to become Searchlight's biggest ever grosser.

Early estimates said the top 12 titles grossed a combinedtotal of $91m, a strong showing for Super Bowl weekend when people typicallystay at home and watch the game. By way of comparison the top 12 picturesduring last year's Super Bowl weekend grossed $73.4m.

Next weekend'swide releases includes Sony's romantic comedy Hitch starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes; andBuena Vista's family animated movie Pooh's Heffalump Movie.

Estimated TopTen US Feb 4-6 2005

Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date

1 (-) Boogeyman (Sony/Ghost House Pictures) MandatePictures $19.5m -

2 (-) TheWedding Date (Universal)Mandate Pictures $11m

3 (2) Are WeThere Yet'(Columbia/Revolution) SPRI $10.4m $51.1m

4 (1) HideAnd Seek (Fox) Fox Int'l$8.9m $35.7m

5 (3) MillionDollar Baby (WarnerBros) Warner Bros Int'l $8.8m $34.7m

6 (6) TheAviator (Miramax)Initial Entertainment Group $5.4m $75.9m

7 (4) MeetThe Fockers (Universal)DreamWorks Int'l $5m $265.3m

8 (8) Sideways (Fox Searchlight) Fox Int'l $4.8m $46.8m

9 (7) RacingStripes (Warner Bros)Summit Entertainment $4.4m $40.5m

10 (5) CoachCarter (Paramount) UIP$4.4m $59.5m

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