As box office dollars dwindle with the waning summer, the supernatural thriller won the heated battle for first place with a mere $14.3 million, while xXx failed to meet expectations that it would be the summer's first three-peat at No. 1 with $13.7 million.
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams climbed a notch to third place, taking in $7.8 million in its third week.
The indie sleeper My Big Fat Greek Wedding continued to climb up the box office chart in its 19th week. With a $7.5 million weekend take, it came in at No. 4.
This weekend's new releases, including Serving Sara, Simone and Undisputed, hardly put up a fight for the top spot. These wide releases weren't expected to cause a commotion, though, since they each opened in fewer than 3,000 theaters.
In limited release, One Hour Photo, which opened Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles, grossed $315,000 from only seven theaters for a strong $45,000 average per theater.
This weekend's top 12 films were down about 21 percent from last year with $63.8 million versus 2001's $81.6 million. It was the sixth consecutive weekend the box office was down versus last year. The top 12 films were down about 35 percent compared to last weekend's box office, which grossed $99.1 million.
THE TOP TEN
Buena Vista/Touchstone's prediction that Signs would rise to the top once again came true. The PG-13 rated supernatural thriller took top honors with an ESTIMATED $14.3 million (-26%) at 3,453 theaters (+109 theaters; $4,159 per theater). Its cume is approximately $173.2 million.
Revolution Studios and Columbia's PG-13 action adventure thriller xXx lost its bid for first place, slipping to a close second with an ESTIMATED $13.7 million (-38%) at 3517 theaters (+129 theaters; $3,895 per theater). Its cume is approximately $106.7 million, making it the 13th film released this year to cross the $100 million mark.
Miramax/Dimension Films' PG rated family comedy Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams gained one spot this week, coming in third place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $7.8 million (-32%) at 3,307 theaters (theater count unchanged; per theater average dropped to a weak $2,359). Its cume is approximately $58.5 million.
IFC Films' PG rated comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding continued to expand in its 19th week, climbing two notches to fourth place with an ESTIMATED $7.5 million at 1329 theaters (+269 theaters; $5,702 per theater). Its cume is approximately $61 million.
Universal Picture's PG-13 rated surfer girl pic Blue Crush placed fifth in its second week with an ESTIMATED $6.5 million at 3,015 theaters (+13 theaters; $2.156 per theater).
Paramount's PG-13 rated romantic comedy Serving Sara fared best of the week's new releases and opened sixth to an ESTIMATED $6 million at 2154 theaters ($2,820 per theater).
New Line's PG-13 rated comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember fell two pegs to seventh place in its fifth week with a not so shagadellic ESTIMATED $5.6 million (-36%) at 2,805 theaters (-308 theaters; $2,005 per theater). Its cume is approximately $193.9 million.
Miramax's R rated urban drama Undisputed opened eighth with an ESTIMATED $4.7 million at only 1,102 theaters, with a solid $4,265 per theater average.
New Line Cinema's sophisticated PG-13 rated comedy Simone opened ninth with an ESTIMATED $4 million at 1,920 theaters ($2,109 per theater).
Rounding out the Top Ten was Warner Bros.' R rated thriller Blood Work, which took in an ESTIMATED $2.8 million at 2,203 theaters ($1,298 per theater).
This weekend also saw the arrival of Fox Searchlight's R rated drama One Hour Photo to an encouraging ESTIMATED $315,000 at seven theaters (a whopping $45,000 per theater).
Fox Searchlight also saw its R rated comedy The Good Girl gain two notches as it expanded this week with an ESTIMATED $1.5 million at 188 theaters (+128 theaters; $8,245 per theater). Its cume after three weeks is approximately $3.1 million.