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Box Office Analysis: April 20

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Apr 20, 2003 | 8:16pm EDT

Moviegoers were still feeling angry this Easter Weekend, keeping Anger Management at the top of the box office with a passionate $25.6 million.*

Holes dug into second place with a surprisingly solid $17.1 million, while Malibu's Most Wanted was third with $14.3 million.

Bulletproof Monk barely made its way into fourth place with a small take of $8.6 million; Phone Booth phoned into fifth place with $5.6 million.

Despite Anger Management's impressive take, the Top 12 films this week totaled $90.2 million--down more than three percent from last year's $93 million. Business, meanwhile, was up over 7 percent from the previous weekend's $84.2 million.

THE TOP TEN

Sony Pictures' PG-13 rated comedy Anger Management, which became the best April opener of all time when it debuted last week, held onto the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. The laffer, which stars Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson managed a still strong ESTIMATED $25.6 million (-39%) box office take at 3,570 theaters (+19 theaters, $7,171 per theater average). Its cume is approximately $80.2 million, headed for the $100 million mark.

Directed by Peter Segal, it also stars Marisa Tomei and John Turturro.

Buena Vista's PG rated teen comedy Holes debuted in second place with an impressive ESTIMATED $17.1 million at 2,331 theaters. Holes' $7,336 average per theater was the highest for any film playing this weekend.

The pic, based on Louis Sachar's award-winning children's novel, focuses on the adventures of troubled teens forced to dig holes in a dry lakebed.

Directed by Andrew Davis, it stars Rick Fox, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson and Shia LeBeouf.

"Holes was sort of off the radar," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations told The Associated Press. "But kids know this book, and there's really no movies out there for kids right now. Almost every time when there's a void in the marketplace for family films, all of a sudden one pops up, and families rush out."

Warner Bros.' PG-13 rated comedy Malibu's Most Wanted debuted in third place with a "rizz-eal" ESTIMATED $13.1 million at 2,503 theaters with a high $5,250 per theater average.

The film revolves around a white wannabe rapper named B-Rad who thinks he is the dopest thing Malibu has to offer.

Directed by John P. Whitesell, it stars Jamie Kennedy, Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson.

MGM's PG-13 rated martial arts pic Bulletproof Monk debuted at No. 4 despite a head start on the competition. Bulletproof Monk, which opened Wednesday, took in a disappointing ESTIMATED $8.6 million at 2,955 theaters with a $2,910 per theater average.

The film revolves around a Tibetan monk charged with protecting a sacred scroll.

Directed by Paul Hunter, it stars Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott.

Twentieth Century Fox's R rated sniper thriller Phone Booth fell three rungs to fifth place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $5.6 million (-26%) at 2,448 theaters (-41 theaters, $2,318 per theater). Its cume is approximately $35.1 million.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, it stars Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker.

*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.

Warner Brother's PG rated What a Girl Wants dropped three places to third in its third week with an ESTIMATED $4.8 million (-24%) at 2,930 theaters (-34 theaters, $1,640 per theater). Its cume is approximately $27.5 million.

Directed by Dennie Gordon, it stars Amanda Bynes, Kelly Preston and Colin Firth.

Buena Vista's PG-13 rated comedy Bringing Down the House continued to show strong legs although it dropped from fourth to seventh place in its seventh week of release with an ESTIMATED $3.3 million (-27%) at 2,284 theaters (-546 theaters, $1,445 per theater). Its cume is approximately $122.7 million.

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

New Line Cinema's R rated cop drama A Man Apart fell from fifth to eighth place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $2.6 million (-42%) at 2,174 theaters (-321 theaters, $1,196 per theater). Its cume is approximately $22.5 million.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, it stars Vin Diesel and Larenz Tate.

In its 17th week of release, Miramax's PG-13 rated musical Chicago continued its run in the Top Ten at ninth place with an ESTIMATED $2.4 million (-23%) at 21,711 theaters (-403 theaters, $1,452 per theater). Its cume is approximately $160.7 million.

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

Rounding out the Top Ten is Lions Gate's R rated House of 1,000 Corpses. The horror thriller fell from seventh to tenth in its second week with an ESTIMATED $2.4 million (-31%) at 847 theaters (+252 theaters, $2,834 per theater). Its cume is approximately $6.9 million.

Directed by Rob Zombie, it stars Karen Black, Sid Haig and Jeanne Carmen.

OTHERS

This weekend also saw the arrival of two limited-release films, A Mighty Wind and Chasing Papi.

Warner Bros.' PG-13 rated "mockumentary" A Mighty Wind opened with an ESTIMATED $2.2 in 133 theaters, with a whopping $16,541 per theater average.

The film is a spoof about a reunion concert of '60s folk groups.

Directed by Christopher Guest, it stars Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley and Eugene Levy.

Warner plans to expand A Mighty Wind to over 500 theaters by early May.

Twentieth Century Fox's PG rated romantic comedy Chasing Papi opened with an ESTIMATED $2.2 million at 585 theaters with a $3,778 per theater average.

The film revolves around three young women who discover they are in love with the same man.

Directed by Linda Mendoza, it stars Jaci Velasquez, Roselyn Sanchez, Sofia Vergara and Eduardo Verastequi.

WEEKEND COMPARISON

The Top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $90.2 million, up 7.07 percent from last week when they totaled $84.2 million.

The Top 12 were down only 3.08 percent from last year when they totaled $93 million.

Last year, Universal's PG-13 rated The Scorpion King premiered at the top of the box office with $36 million at 3,444 theaters ($10,475 per theater); Paramount's R rated Changing Lanes came in second in its second week of release with $11 million at 2,642 theaters ($4,189 per theater); and Warner Brother's R rated Murder by Numbers debuted in third with $9.3 million at 2,663 theaters ($3,495 per theater).

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