Despite dropping off over 50% each and facing competition from five new chart entries, UK top 15 leaders The Matrix Reloaded and Anger Management easily retained their one-two positions.
Over another hot weekend audiences abandoned the cinema with the holdovers amongst the top 15 dropping an average of 62% from the previous week. Box office for the top 15 was down 30% from the previous weekend and 50% from the same weekend last year, when Columbia TriStar launched Spider-Man.
Warner Bros' The Matrix Reloaded held on to the lead for a fourth weekend, taking $1.8m (£1.1m) from its 457 sites - down 57% from last week - for a cumulative total of $48.2m (£28.9m).
Anger Management saw the smallest percentage drop (52%) of any holdover in the top 15 and maintained second place with $1.4m (£850,035) in its second weekend. The comedy has a 10-day total of $5.9m (£3.5m).
Another Columbia title, Identity, led the new releases taking fourth with $1.2m (£719,468). The horror title, which stars John Cusack and Ray Liotta, played at 342 locations for a so-so $3,506 average.
Entertainment Film Distributors' Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd took fourth place with $1.1m (£672,652) from 348 sites for a $3,222 average. The prequel to the Jim Carrey comedy Dumb And Dumber which features neither Carrey nor Jeff Daniels and is directed by Troy Miller in place of the Farrelly Brothers, paled in comparison to its predecessor which claimed an opening weekend of $2.5m (£1.5m) off 313 sites in April 1995. The original, which was distributed by First Independent, went on to gross $16m (£9.6m). Carrey fans can look forward to his return in two weeks time in Tom Shadyac's Bruce Almighty.
Eros International scored its second biggest opening to date and the third highest Bollywood launch weekend ever in the UK with new release Chalte Chalte. The film took sixth position, behind BVI's Bringing Down The House, with $483,138 (£289,883). Playing at 37 venues the title saw a stellar average of $13,058 - the fourth best non-platform weekend opening average so far this year behind The Matrix Reloaded, X2: X-Men United and 8 Mile.
20th Century Fox's comedy A Guy Thing landed seventh with a weak $224,927 (£134,956). The film, which stars Jason Lee, Julia Stiles and Selma Blair suffered at the hands of the critics and brought in a poor $1,148 average from its 196 sites..
The last opener to make the top 15 was Optimum Releasing's Igby Goes Down at eleven. Despite strong positive reviews the film was only able to pull in $144,302 (£86,581) from its 48 locations - a $3,006 average - but may well prove to have good legs in coming weeks if word of mouth can combat the weather.
Although the weather continues to play a part and films aimed at the children's market (such as Kangaroo Jack) will likely suffer after next weekend when JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book hits the shelves, prospects should improve from next week when UIP's 2 Fast 2 Furious should spell the end of The Matrix Reloaded's chart dominance.
Following that, the lead may well see frequent changes with BVI's Bruce Almighty due on June 27, Columbia's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle coming on July 4 and UIP's Hulk smashing in on July 18.