Sony's romantic comedy Hitch stayed top over the rain-sodden three-day portion ofPresidents Day as it closed in on $100m and shut out a trio of top 10 debutantsled by Warner Bros' supernatural action title Constantine.
Hitch addedan estimated $31.8m in its second weekend for a $90.1m running total, confirmingWill Smith's status as a bankable star who can open a picture in multiplegenres.
The comic book adaptation Constantine opened to mixed reviews in second placeon a still powerful $30.5m. It stars Keanu Reeves as an unwilling conscript inthe war against demons on Earth. Rachel Weisz also stars. Francis Lawrence'spicture averaged $10,154 on 3,006screens.
Arriving in third place on $10.9m to mixed reviews was TwentiethCentury Fox's family drama Because Of Winn-Dixie from Wayne Wang, which stars Jeff Danielsand Cicely Tyson. It averaged $3,403 on 3,188 screens.
New Line's comedy sequel Son Of The Mask mustered fourth place and $7.7m in ticketsales despite a critical mauling. Alan Cumming and Jamie Kennedy star in thetale of a chaotic mask. Lawrence Gutterman's picture averaged $2,587 on 2,966screens.
Of the Oscar contenders, Warner Bros' Million Dollar Baby slipped one place to fifth on $7.2m for$54.7m after 10 weekends, while The Aviator, released in the US through Miramax,fell one place to ninth on $88.1m after the same amount of time. FoxSearchlight's Sideways ranks10th after its 18th weekend on $58.1m.
Sony/Ghost House Pictures' Boogeyman is closing in on $50m after threeweekends and added $5.5m for $41.1m after tumbling five to seventh.
Next weekend's wide releases include Dimension's horror title Cursedstarring Christina Ricciand Skeet Ulrich; Lions Gate's Diary Of A Mad Black Woman starring Kimberly Elise and SteveHarris; and Sony's Man Of The House, which stars Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Archer.
Estimated Top Ten US Feb 18-21 2005
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Hitch (Sony) SPRI $36.5m $94.8m
2 (-) Constantine (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Intl $34.6m
3 (-) Because Of Winn-Dixie (Fox) Fox Intl $13.2m -
4 (-) Son Of The Mask (New Line) NLI $10.1m
5 (3) Are We There Yet' (Columbia/Revolution) SPRI $8.1m $71.1m
6 (4) Million Dollar Baby (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Int'l $7.8m $55.3m
7 (2) Boogeyman (Sony) Mandate Pictures $6m $41.6m
8 (5) Pooh's Heffalump Movie (Buena Vista) BVI $5.4m $12.7m
9 (8) The Aviator (Miramax) Initial Entertainment Group $5m $88.9m
10 (9) Sideways(Fox Searchlight) FoxInt'l $4.9m $59.1m