United Artists' JeepersCreepers 2 ruled over the long LaborDay weekend, opening number one on an estimated $18.5m as the summer seasonofficially ended with a flourish and four titles passed $100m.
The top 12 films grossed anestimated $101.2m, up 11% on the same period last year and the third successiveweekend rise.
Overall the industry grossedan estimated $3.87bn summer total from early May to Labor Day, trumping 2002'srecord gross by around 2%. However higher tickets prices mean the actual numberof tickets sold fell by around 2%.
In writer-director VictorSalva's Jeepers Creepers 2 themenacing winged monster returns to terrorise a bus of basketball players.
The horror sequel averaged$5,921 from 3,124 sites and beat the original's $15.8m Labor Day opening in2001 - but that didn't stop the critics from savaging it. Ray Wise and JonathanBreck star.
Buena Vista's FreakyFriday - a classic family holidayfilm if ever there was one - moved up two places to second, adding $11.7m inits fourth week for a highly impressive $90m running total.
S.W.A.T. dropped one place to third but Columbia executiveswill have no complaints after it added $10.5m for $102.4m in its fourth weekand Charlie's Angels: Full Throttlealso crossed $100m.
Universal/Spyglass' Seabiscuit climbed one to seventh, adding $8.2m in its sixthweek for $103.7m.
Paramount's "re-released" TheItalian Job went out on 1,964 sitesthis weekend, climbing 28 places to 12th and adding $3.8m for a $100.7m totalafter 14 weeks.
New Line's dethroned horrorfilm Freddy Vs Jason plummetedsix places to seventh and grossed $8.1m for a surprisingly good $73.4m cumulativescore in its third week.
Universal's AmericanWedding fell two to 11th but isnearing $100m after grossing $4.5m for $97.4m in its fifth week.
The autumn session getsunderway next weekend with Fox's supernatural mystery The Order, starring Heath Ledger; Paramount's comedy DickieRoberts: Former Child Star, starring David Spade; and Miramax's award-winningaction comedy Shaolin Soccer,which stars Stephen Chow.
Estimated Top Ten US Aug29-Sept 1, 2003
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (-) Jeepers Creepers 2 (UA) Myriad Pictures $18.5m -
2 (4) Freaky Friday (Buena Vista) BVI $11.7m $90m
3 (2) S.W.A.T. (Columbia) CTFDI $10.5m $102.4m
4 (6) Pirates Of TheCaribbean (Buena Vista) BVI $10.2m$274.4m
5 (3) Open Range (Buena Vista) Cobalt $10.2m $42.9m
6 (7) Seabiscuit (Universal) Spyglass $8.2m $103.7m
7 (1) Freddy Vs Jason (New Line) NLI $8.1m $73.4m
8 (5) The Medallion (Columbia) CTFDI/EMG $5.7m $16.4m
9 (8) Uptown Girls (MGM) Fox International $5.2m $30.1m
10 (10) My Boss'sDaughter (Dimension) Miramax International$4.5m $11.6m