Twentieth Century Fox'sthriller Hide And Seek opened topat the weekend on an estimated $22m that was some way ahead of last weekend'schampion Are We There Yet', which was shunted into second place 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' MillionDollar Baby expanded from 1,800 to2,010 screens and climbed nine places to number three in its seventh weekend,adding $11.8m for $21.1m.
Eastwood was named director of the year by the Directors Guild of America onSaturday for his work on Baby,and is regarded 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, whichearned 11 Academy Award nominations, climbed 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 fivenominations and a large expansion to 1,694, climbing four to seven on $6.3m for$40m.
Lions Gate's video game adaptation Alone In The Dark starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid got lostoutside the top 10 on $2.5m.
Next weekend's wide releases includes Boogeyman, Sony/Ghost House Picture's follow-up to TheGrudge, starring Barry Watson; andUniversal's romantic comedy The Wedding Date, which stars Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney.
Estimated Top Ten US Jan 28-30 2005
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend
gross/Estimated total todate
1 (-) Hide And Seek (Fox) FoxInt'l $22m
2 (1) Are We There Yet' (Sony)SPRI $17m $39.1m
3 (12) Million Dollar Baby(Warner Bros) 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)Miramax Int'l $7.5m $68.2m
7 (11) Sideways (Fox Searchlight)Fox Int'l $6.3m $40m
8 (4) In Good Company (Universal)Various $6.2m $35.9m
9 (5) Racing Stripes (WarnerBros) Summit Entertainment $6.1m $34.6m
10 (6) Assault On Precinct 13(Rogue Pictures) Focus Features $4.2m $14.7m