Columbia's policeaction-thriller S.W.A.T. stormed to the top of the charts on anestimated $37m at the weekend, a fairly lacklustre session that saw overall boxoffice sink to its lowest mark since late June.
Clark Johnson directed the1970s television series adaptation, which stars Colin Farrell, Samuel L Jacksonand Michelle Rodriguez and averaged $11,555 from 3,202 sites.
Jacksonplays a S.W.A.T. commander whose elite police unit is called in to capture adrug lord on the run in Los Angeles.
The$80m film had mixed reviews and attracted a 54% male audience and roughly thesame percentage of under-25s. It is expected to pass $100m in the coming weeks.
Straightin at number two on $22.3m was Buena Vista's remake of Freaky Friday,starring Jamie Lees Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as the role-swapping mother anddaughter.
Mark Waters directed thefamily film, which reportedly cost less than $20m and has grossed$33.2m since opening on Wednesday. Its three-day average is $7,549 from 2,954theatres.
Criticsloved it and Freaky Friday drew a 30% teenage and 70% female audience.
Combined box office for thetop 12 films was at $127.4m, the lowest level since the Jun 27-29 weekend.
Universal's AmericanWedding slipped two places to third in its second week, adding $15.1m for a$64.9m running total.
BuenaVista's Finding Nemo added $2.5mfor $324.9m in its 11th week and is bearing down on The Lion King'sall-time high for an animated film of $328m.
Elsewhere,Columbia/Revolution's much-reviled Gigli continued its ignominiouscharacter arc, nosediving 82% and nine places to 17th on $640,000for $5.6m in its second week.
Next weekend's releasesinclude Buena Vista's cowboy adventure Open Range, starring KevinCostner, Robert Duvall and Annette Bening; New Line's horror-fest Freddy Vs.Jason, starring Monica Keena and Jason Ritter; Warner Bros' skateboardingaction film, Grind, which stars Mike Vogel and Vince Vieluf; Miramax'skung-fu-football romp Shaolin Soccer; and MGM's comedy-drama UptownGirls, starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning.
EstimatedTop Ten US Aug 8-10, 2003
Film(Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1(-) S.W.A.T. (Columbia) CTFDI $37m -
2(-) Freaky Friday (Buena Vista) BVI $22.3m $33.2m
3(1) American Wedding (Universal) UIP $15.1m $64.9m
4(3) Pirates Of The Caribbean(Buena Vista) BVI $13.1m $232.8m
5 (4) Seabiscuit(Universal) Spyglass $11.9m $69.5m
6(2) Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Dimension) BVI $10.1m $87.4m
7 (5) Bad BoysII (Columbia) CTFDI $6m $123.1m
8(6) LaraCroft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (Paramount) UIP $5.2m $53.7m
9 (7) Finding Nemo (Disney/Pixar) BVI $2.5m$324.9m
10 (10) Terminator 3:Rise Of The Machines (Warner Bros) CTFDI $1.6m $145.9m