Disney's Signs held off IFC Films's sprightly My Big Fat GreekWedding to retain top spot with anestimated $16.5m haul over Labour Day weekend as the summer season officiallycame to a close. M Night Shyamalan's crop circle chronicle averaged $4,805 from3,437 theatres and has a cumulative total after five weeks of $195m, making itthe highest grossing movie for star Mel Gibson. The four-day holiday weekendlived up to its reputation as one of the calendar's graveyard shifts but wasdistinguished by a second place billing for Greek Wedding, the sleeper hit of the year, and the lucrative marchof Austin Powers In Goldmember. After20 weeks on release Greek Wedding climbedtwo spots from fourth for its highest ever ranking and grossed $14.6m for a spectacular$82.4m cumulative score. The $5m matrimonial comedy, directed by Joel Zwick,rolled out the celebrations to another 290 screens and averaged $9,017 from1,619 theatres. Goldmember, meanwhile,passed the magical $200m mark for New Line as it rose one place to sixth on$7.1m. The Mike Myers spy spoof, directed by Jay Roach, now sits on a $203.5mcumulative score that makes it the biggest comedy of the year and the thirdbiggest movie to date in 2002, behind Spider-Man and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones.
Columbia's Vin Diesel actionromp XXX slid one place to thirdwith $13.1m to bring its running total to $123.9m. The movie averaged $3,704from 3,536 sites in its fourth weekend on release and is expected to finish inthe $140m-$150m range. The Warner Bros horror movie Fear Dot.Com, about a series of deaths linked to a website,opened in fifth place and $7.1m, averaging $2,792 from 2,550 theatres. Itreceived poor reviews. Goldmemberin sixth averaged $2,823 from 2,506 theatres, while the only other significanttitles in the top ten were the Fox Searchlight duo of The Good Girl and One Hour Photo. Jennifer Aniston's acclaimed turn as a bored wifewho embarks upon a disastrous affair in The Good Girl inspired great word of mouth and lifted the blackcomedy four places to ninth on $3.6m. It averaged $5,397 from 667 sites and hasa $7.3m cumulative score after four weeks on release. One Hour Photo, the creepy thriller starring Robin Williams as alonely photo lab employee who develops a fixation with a young family, jumped14 places to tenth following its record per-theatre average for Fox Searchlightlast weekend. In its second week One Hour Photo kept up the good work, averaging a mighty $20,274from an expanded 164 sites and a $3.3m haul that brings the cumulative score to$3.8m.
Overall the four-day $82.2mcombined box office for the top 12 movies dropped against its 2001 counterpartfor the seventh consecutive weekend. According to estimates to be confirmedtomorrow, the three-day total of $65m is the lowest box office since theSeptember 28-30 weekend last year, which registered $64.1m. Next week'sreleases include Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand in the Warner Bros policedrama City By The Sea and Fox's psychologicalthriller Swimfan.
Estimated Top Ten US August30-September 2, 2002
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend
gross/Estimated total todate
1 (1) Signs (Buena Vista) BVI $16.51m $195.05m
2 (4) My Big Fat GreekWedding (IFC) Vortex Pictures $14.6m$82.35m
3 (2) XXX (Columbia) Columbia TriStar/Revolution $13.1m$123.87m
4 (3) Spy Kids 2: TheIsland Of Lost Dreams (Miramax) BVI$7.3m $69.08m
5 (-) Fear Dot. Com (Warner Bros) Warner Bros $7.12m $7.12m
6 (7) Austin Powers InGoldmember (New Line) New LineInternational $7.08m
7 (5) Blue Crush (Universal) UIP $5.4m $35.5m
8 (6) Serving Sara (Paramount) Summit Entertainment $4.2m $11.76m
9 (13) The Good Girl (Fox Searchlight) $3.6m $7.34m
10 (24) One Hour Photo (Fox Searchlight) Fox $3.33m $3.84m