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Box Office Analysis: March 23

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Mar 23, 2003 | 1:36pm EST

Queen Latifah and Steve Martin's romantic jailbreak comedy Bringing Down the House remained undefeated at the box office for a third week in a row, locking up a hefty $16.2 million* despite the arrival of four new wide releases.

Bringing Down the House defended its No. 1 title against this week's most threatening competitor, the supernatural thriller Dreamcatcher. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Dreamcatcher debuted in second place with a down-to-earth $15.3 million.

The 'tween spy pic Agent Cody Banks dropped a notch to third place with $9.3 million, while the new flight attendant comedy View From the Top premiered in fourth place with a turbulent $7.5 million. The actioner The Hunted rounded out the Top Five with $6.5 million.

The new animated feature Piglet's Big Movie failed to see big profits with a tiny $6.1 million take, landing it in seventh place. The week's other new release, the comedy Boat Trip, shipwrecked into tenth place with choppy $3.7 million.

THE TOP TEN

Buena Vista's PG-13 rated comedy Bringing Down the House won the box office crown for the third week in a row with an ESTIMATED $16.2 million at 2,871 theaters (+70 theaters). Its $5,643 per theater average was the highest of this week's top ten grossing films. Its cume is approximately $83.4 million, heading towards the $100 million mark.

Directed by Adam Shankman, it stars Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

Warner Bros.' R-rated supernatural thriller Dreamcatcher debuted in second place with an ESTIMATED $15.3 million at 2,945 theaters with an impressive $5,197 per theater average.

The film, based on the Stephen King novel, revolves around four childhood friends bonded beyond friendship by telepathy--a power they must use stop an alien invasion.

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the film stars Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis and Donnie Wahlberg.

MGM's PG-rated Agent Cody Banks fell a notch to No. 3 in its second week with an ESTIMATED $9.3 million at 3,369 theaters (unchanged), with a $2,760 per theater average. Its cume is approximately $26.6 million.

Directed by Harald Zwart, it stars Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff and Angie Harmon.

Miramax's PG-13 rated airline comedy View From the Top opened in fourth place with an ESTIMATED $7.5 million at 2,508 theaters, with a $3,016 per theater average.

The film focuses on a girl from a Nevada trailer park who sets her sights on becoming a flight attendant.

Directed by Bruno Barreto, the film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Preston and Christina Applegate.

Paramount Pictures' R-rated actioner The Hunted dropped two places to fifth in its second week with an ESTIMATED $6.5 million at 2,517 (+1 theater), with an $2,606 per theater average. Its cume is approximately $23.4 million.

Directed by William Friedkin, it stars Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro and Connie Nielsen.

*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.

In its 13th week of release, Miramax's PG-13 rated musical Chicago continued its mainstay in the Top Ten, dropping from fifth to sixth place with an ESTIMATED $6.2 million (-12%) at 2,565 theaters (-35 theaters, $2.434 per theater). Its cume is approximately $134 million.

Directed by Rob Marshall, it stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.

Buena Vista's G rated animated feature Piglet's Big Movie premiered in seventh place with an ESTIMATED $6.1 million at 2,084 theaters, with a $2,927 per theater average.

In the film, young Piglet is told he is too small to help the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood begin a honey harvest. When he disappears, his pals Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Roo and Winnie the Pooh must use Piglet's scrapbook as a map to find him.

Directed by Francis Glebas, it features the voices of John Fiedler, James Cummings and Andre Stojka.

Warner Bros.' R rated war actioner Tears of the Sun fell from fourth to eighth place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $4.5 million (-48%) at 2810 theaters (-163 theaters) with a $5,785 per theater average. Its cume is approximately $37.9 million.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua, it stars Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci.

DreamWork's R rated buddy comedy Old School dropped from sixth place to No. 8 in its fifth week of release with an ESTIMATED $4 million (-40%) at 2,033 theaters (-419 theaters) with a $1,968 per theater average. Its cume is approximately 50.8 million.

Directed by Todd Phillips, it stars Luke Wilson, Will Farrell and Vince Vaughn.

Rounding out the Top Ten is Artisan Entertainment's R-rated comedy Boat Trip, which debuted with an ESTIMATED $3.7 million at 1,714 theaters, with a $2,159 per theater average.

The film follows two dimwitted straight guys who set sail on a Caribbean cruise looking for love--but find out too late that they have been booked on a gay cruise.

Directed by Mort Nathan, the film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Horatio Sanz.

WEEKEND COMPARISON

The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $83.9 million, down 7.62 percent from last week when they totaled $90.8 million.

The Top 12 were also down 29.01 percent from last year when they totaled $118.2 million.

Last year, New Line's R rated Blade II debuted at the top of the box office with $32.5 million at 2,707 theaters ($12,016 per theater); Fox's PG rated Ice Age came in second with $30 million at 3,345 theaters ($8,986 per theater); and Universal's PG rated special edition re-release of E.T. The Extraterrestrial debuted in third with $14.2 million at 3,007 theaters ($4,730 per theater).

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