BOX OFFICE: ‘Gladiator’ Kills

Sweat, blood, more sweat, more blood, more sweat, more blood. Yes, somebody knows the way to American moviegoers’ hearts.

The sweaty, bloody “Gladiator” killed at the weekend box office, pulling in $32.7 million per studio estimates released today. According to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations, the Russell Crowe actioner pulled in $11.7 mil on Friday alone, another $14.2 mil on Saturday — and never, ever looked back.

Reigning box office champ “U-571” was sunk, dropping to No. 2 with an estimated $7.6 million — or a mere $25 mil less than “Gladiator.”

The rest of the Top Five, according to estimates from Exhibitor Relations, was filled out by fading two-week-old flicks: “Frequency” (No. 3 with $6.5 mil), “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas” (No. 4 with $6.3 mil) and “Where the Heart Is” (No. 5 with $5 mil).

Elsewhere, the new Kim Basinger drama “I Dreamed of Africa” debuted with a paltry (and estimated) $2.5 million, bad for eighth place.

Here’s a complete rundown of the weekend Top 10, according to Exhibitor Relations estimates:

1. “Gladiator,” $32.7 million 2. “U-571,” $7.6 million 3. “Frequency,” $6.5 million 4. “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” $6.3 million 5. “Where the Heart Is,” $5 million 6. “Love and Basketball,” $3.4 million 7. “Keeping the Faith,” $2.8 million 8. “I Dreamed of Africa,” $2.5 million 9. “Rules of Engagement,” $2.4 million 10. “28 Days,” $2.35 million