TwentiethCentury Fox's thriller Hide And Seekopened top at the weekend on an estimated $22m that was some way ahead of lastweekend's champion Are We There Yet', which was shunted into secondplace on $17m for $39.1m after two weekends.
John Polson's picture went out on 3,005 screens and averaged $7,321 on the backof poor reviews. Robert De Niro, Famke Janssen and Dakota Fanning star in taleof a grieving young girl who creates a terrifying imaginary friend.
In the week that it received seven Oscar nominations, Warner Bros'
Clint Eastwood was named director of the year by the Directors Guild of America onSaturday for his work on Baby, and isregarded as a frontrunner for the Academy Award on Feb 27.
Also heading into its seventh week of release after rising to 2,503 screens isMiramax's The Aviator, which earned11 Academy Award nominations, climbing two to sixth on $7.5m for $68.2m.
In its 15th weekend Fox Searchlight's Sideways generated plenty of spark on the back of five nominationsand a large expansion to 1,694, climbing four to seven on $6.3m for $40m.
Lions Gate's video game adaptation AloneIn The Dark starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid got lost outside thetop 10 on $2.5m.
Next weekend's wide releases includes Boogeyman,Sony/Ghost House Picture's follow-up to TheGrudge, starring Barry Watson; and Universal's romantic comedy
Estimated Top Ten US Jan 28-30 2005
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (-) Hide And Seek (Fox) Fox Int'l$22m -
2 (1) Are We There Yet' (Sony) SPRI$17m $39.1m
3 (12) Million Dollar Baby (WarnerBros) Warner Bros Int'l $11.8m $21.1m
4 (2) Coach Carter (Paramount) UIP$8m $53.6m
5 (3) Meet The Fockers (Universal)DreamWorks Int'l $7.6m $257.9m
6 (8) The Aviator (Miramax) MiramaxInt'l $7.5m $68.2m
7 (11) Sideways (Fox Searchlight) FoxInt'l $6.3m $40m
8 (4) In Good Company (Universal)Various $6.2m $35.9m
9 (5) Racing Stripes (Warner Bros)Summit Entertainment $6.1m $34.6m
10 (6) Assault On Precinct 13 (RoguePictures) Focus Features $4.2m $14.7m