Jack Nicholsonand Adam Sandler continued to rule the charts as Columbia/Revolution's AngerManagement grossed aterrific $25.6m in its second weekend for an $80.3m running total, according tostudio estimates released today (Sunday).
The hit comedyexpanded by 19 sites into a massive 3,570 theatres and looks good to retain thecrown next week, although it will face competition from the MGM comedy opener ItRuns In The Family andColumbia's new thriller Identity.
In a promisingweekend that saw the top 12 films gross $90.2m, up 7.1% against last weekendbut down by 3.1% against the same period last year, three new openers colonizedthe second, third and fourth places.
Buena Vista'sfamily film Holes,about juvenile delinquents who are forced to dig holes at a detention centre,bowed in second place on an unexpected $17.1m that no doubt had studioexecutives doing cartwheels in their offices. The film is the second releasefrom Philip Anschutz-backed Walden Media after Ghosts Of The Abyss, also distributed domestically by BuenaVista. Both are sold in foreign territories by Walden's partner SummitEntertainment.
Adapted from anacclaimed children's book by Louis Sachar, it was a strong opening, backed byvery good reviews and a healthy $7,335 average from 2,331 sites. SigourneyWeaver, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Voigt star and Holes was directed by Andrew Davis.
Opening in thirdon $13.1m was Warner Bros' Malibu's Most Wanted, a poorly received comedy vehicle forJamie Kennedy who plays an aspiring white rapper. It averaged $5,249 from 2,503theatres.
Straight in atfourth on $11.7m - from five days since its Wed opening - was MGM's martialarts romp, Bulletproof Monk. Chow Yun-Fat plays an itinerant warrior cleric charged withprotecting an ancient scroll.
Even Sean WilliamScott as the monk's student wasn't enough to raise the disappointing bow. BulletproofMonk was poorly reviewedand averaged $3,957 from 2,955 sites. It was sold in international territoriesby Lakeshore International.
Lions Gate'shorror film House Of 1,000 Corpses remained in the top 10 despite tumbling three places to 10th. Itadded $2.4m for a $6.9m cumulative score after 10 days.
Two other newopeners were battling it out for 12th place on $2.2m. Fox's Latino-themed ChasingPapi, which also openedon Wednesday, is an experiment in opening a movie wide (585 theatres) targeted at the USLatino audience. It flopped, taking $3m in five days.
The film, whichhad dire reviews, is about three women who gang up on the same man who ischeating on them, stars Maria Conchita Alonso, Sofia Vergara and Jaci Velasquezand was directed by Linda Mendoza.
Warner Bros' AMighty Wind, the latestmockumentary by Christopher Guest, also grossed $2.2m in three days ($2.8m in five days) at only 133 sites and drew rave reviews forits tongue-in-cheek depiction of a folk band reunion tour. Co-starring withGuest are Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard and ParkerPosey.
Estimated TopTen US April 18-20, 2003
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (1) AngerManagement(Columbia/Revolution) CTFDI $25.6m $80.3m
2 (-) Holes (Buena Vista) Summit Entertainment$17.1m -
3 (-) Malibu'sMost Wanted (WarnerBros) Warner Bros $13.1m -
4 (-) BulletproofMonk (MGM) LakeshoreInternational $8.6m $11.7m
5 (2) PhoneBooth (Fox) FoxInternational $5.7m $35.1m
6 (3) What AGirl Wants (Warner Bros)Warner Bros $4.8m $27.5m
7 (4) BringingDown The House (BuenaVista) BVI $3.3m $122.7m
8 (5) A ManApart (New Line) NLI$2.6m $22.6m
9 (9) Chicago (Miramax) Miramax International $2.5m$160.7m
10 (7) HouseOf 1,000 Corpses (LionsGate) Lions Gate International $2.4m $6.9m