Screen Gems' hip-hop drama You Got Served took advantage of the quiet Superbowlweekend, opening top on an estimated $16m.
Paramount's high school drama The Perfect Score opened fifth on $5m while WarnerBros' crime caper The Big Bounce flopped in 12th place on $3.3m.
You Got Served stars Omarion, Marques Houston and Omarion'sfellow B2K band members in a tale about cut-throat competitive street dancing.Chris Stokes directed the $8m film, which received poor reviews but averaged$8,277 from 1,933 sites.
In The Perfect Score Scarlett Johansson - who missed out on Academy Awardnominations earlier in the week - Erika Christensen and Chris Evans play agroup of students who break into an academic testing centre in a bid to fixtheir SAT scores.
Directed by Brian Robbins, it averaged $2,264 from 2,208 venuesand was also on the receiving end of some harsh reviews.
Fresh from the Academy Award nominations last week where it letthe pack with 11 nods, New Line's The Lord Of The Rings: The Return OfThe King climbed oneplace to fourth on $5.3m for a $345.3m running total in its seventh week.
Miramax's Cold Mountain stayed in seventh place, dropping only 9% in its sixth weekon $4.5m for $78.8m.
Warner Bros' Mystic River continued well in its 17th week, jumping31% on the back of its Golden Globe wins and six Oscar nominations as itclimbed one place to ninth on $4.4m for $64.9m.
George Armitage's Elmore Leonard adaptation The Big Bounce sees Owen Wilson's mysteriousdrifter become mixed up with a powerful local businessman and a dangerouswoman.
Morgan Freeman and Charlie Sheen also star in the crime caper,which drew poor reviews and averaged $1,438 from 2,304 sites.
Overall the top 12 films grossed $75m, down 6% against the sameperiod last year. Next weekend's wide openers include Buena Vista'sice hockey tub-thumper Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson; and MGM'scomedy sequel Barbershop 2 starring Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer and Queen Latifah.
Estimated Top Ten US Jan 30-Feb 1 2004
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekendgross/Estimated total to date
1 (-) You Got Served (Screen Gems) CTFDI $16m -
2 (2) Along Came Polly (Universal) UIP $10.1m $66.8m
3 (1) The Butterfly Effect (New Line) Kathy Morgan International $9.9m $32.4m
4 (5) The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (New Line) NLI $5.3m $345.3m
5 (-) The Perfect Score (Paramount) UIP $5m -
6 (4) Big Fish (Columbia) CTFDI $4.6m $55.4m
7 (7) Cold Mountain (Miramax) Miramax Int'l $4.5m $78.8m
8 (3) Win A Date With Ted Hamilton! (Dreamworks) UIP $4.5m $13.4m
9 (10) Mystic River (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Intl $4.4m $64.9m 17th
10 (6) Cheaper By The Dozen (Fox) Fox Int'l $4.1m $127.8m