Box office makes Denzel’s day

The final count of weekend box-office receipts Monday confirmed studio
estimates that Warner Bros.’ Training Day, starring Denzel Washington, beat out the favorite, MGM’s Bandits, starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.

The so-so performance of
Bandits, which earned $13.1 million, about half what analysts had
predicted, came as a disappointment to MGM, which has been seeking to regain
its onetime position as a forceful contender in Hollywood. Ticket sales for
the top 12 films reached $77.7 million, a 5 percent rise over the same
weekend a year ago.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by
Exhibitor Relations (figures in parentheses represent total gross to

1. Training Day, Warner Bros., $13,386,457, 2 Wks.
($43,439,167); 2. Bandits, MGM, $13,050,700, (New); 3. Corky Romano, Disney, $9,023,173, (New); 4. Serendipity, Miramax,
$8,766,356, 2 Wks. ($26,396,130); 5. Don’t Say a Word, 20th Century
Fox, $6,713,774, 3 Wks. ($41,716,926); 6. Iron Monkey,
Miramax/Dimension, $6,014,653, (New); 7. Zoolander, Paramount,
$5,030,530, 3 Wks. ($35,757,275); 8. Joy Ride, 20th Century Fox,
$4,905,863, 2 Wks. ($14,730,633); 9. Max Keeble’s Big Move, Disney,
$4,039,594, 2 Wks. ($10,933,046); 10. Hearts in Atlantis, Warner
Bros., $2,711,469, 3 Wks. ($20,666,873).