Paramount's comedy School Of Rock shook the charts at the weekend, openingnumber one on an estimated $20.2m.
The film, which stars Jack Black as a struggling guitarist whouses a stint as a substitute teacher to spread his love of heavy metal music,enjoyed sensational reviews and averaged $7,728 from 2,614 sites.
It was directed by Richard Linklater and also stars Joan Cusackand Mike White.
Opening in second on $17m and good reviews was MGM/UA's thriller OutOf Time. DenzelWashington plays a Florida Quays police chief who finds himself the suspect ina double homicide.
The film was directed by CarlFranklin - who directed Washington in 1995's Devil In A Blue Dress - and averaged $5,527 from 3,076 sites. Eva Mendesand Sanaa Lathan also star.
Universal's action film The Rundown slipped two places to third in itssecond week, adding $9.8m for $32.7m.
Buena Vista's Under The Tuscan Sun fell two to fourth as it raised itsrunning total by $7.9m to in its second week.
Focus Features' Lost In Translation climbed three to seventh, adding $4.3mfor $14.2m in its fourth week.
Overall box office for the top 12 films was $82.2m, down 19% onthe same period last year.
Next weekend is the Columbus Day Weekend and releases includeUniversal's black comedy Intolerable Cruelty directed by Joel Coen; Miramax's martialarts extravaganza Kill Bill Volume 1 from Quentin Tarantino; MGM/UA's family dog comedy GoodBoy! by John RobertHoffman; and Artisan's horror tale House Of The Dead directed by Uwe Boll.
Estimated Top Ten US Oct 3-5, 2003
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (-) School Of Rock (Paramount) UIP $20.2m -
2 (-) Out Of Time (MGM/UA) Fox/Hyde Park $17m
3 (1) The Rundown (Universal) CTFDI $9.8m $32.7m
4 (2) Under The Tuscan Sun (Buena Vista) BVI $ 7.9m $20.9m
5 (4) Secondhand Lions (New Line) NLI $5.4m $30.8m
6 (3) Underworld (Screen Gems) Lakeshore International $4.8m $44.5m
7 (10) Lost In Translation (Focus) Focus $4.3m $14.2m
8 (5) The Fighting Temptations (Paramount) UIP $3.3m $24.5m
9 (6) Once Upon A Time In Mexico (Columbia) Miramax/CTFDI $2.6m $52.9m
10 (8) Cold Creek Manor (Buena Vista) BVI $2.5m $18.3m