Miramax's epic Heroremained the number one picture over Labor Day Weekend, beating off thenon-existent challenge of a quartet of wide releases in one of the most anaemicend-of-summer holiday weekends in recent history.
Hero added an estimated $11.5m in its second weekend toraise its running total to $35.2m, while Paramount's comedy Without A Paddleranked second on $9.4m in its third weekend and Sony's Anacondasfinished third on $8m.
Twentieth Century Fox'sthriller Paparazzi fared the best of the new releases, opening fourth on$7.8m, followed in sixth place by MGM's thriller Wicker Park on $6.7m,Focus Features' Vanity Fair in eighth on $6.12m, and Lions Gate's comedyThe Cookout in ninth on $6.1m.
Paparazzi stars Tom Sizemore as a tabloid photographerinvolved in an accident that incurs the wrath of a vengeful celebrity. ColeHauser and Dennis Farina also appear in Paul Abascal's poorly received picture.
In Wicker Park, aremake of Gilles Mimouni's 1996 French thriller L'Appartement, JoshHartnett's unhealthy obsession with a beautiful woman creates all sorts ofproblems, not the least of which appeared to be the quality of Paul McGuigan'spicture, which drew poor reviews.
Vanity Fair stars Reese Witherspoon in a bravura turn as BeckySharp, the conniving social climber and central character in WilliamThackeray's 19th satire.
Director Mira Nair addsspice and injects the story with a hearty dose of girl power, although thecritics were divided about the merits of this awards season contender.
The Cookout, about a group of friends who attend a riotouscelebratory barbeque, elicited a withering response from the critics and starsQueen Latifah and Quran Pedner. Lance Rivera directed.
Overall, the top 12 moviesof the four-day weekend grossed $83.4m, roughly 21% lower than the same periodlast year.
Next weekend's wide releasesinclude the horror sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse, starring MillaJovovich and Sienna Guillory, through Screen Gems; and New Line's thriller Cellular,which stars Kim Basinger and Chris Evans.
Updated charts wereunavailable at time of going to press.