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Box Office Analysis, Sept. 27: "Forgotten" Thrills!

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Sep 27, 2004 | 7:00am EDT

The Forgotten was remembered by moviegoers this weekend. The psycho-thriller starring Julianne Moore took in $22 million in its debut weekend, sending last week's box office champ, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, spiraling to No. 2 with $6.7 million.

The Bernie Mac baseball comedy Mr. 3000 came in third with $5 million, followed by the teen romantic comedy First Daughter, which debuted at No. 4 with a not-so-presidential $4 million. Resident Evil: Apocalypse rounded out the Top Five with $4 million, earning as much in its third week as the Katie Holmes starrer First Daughter.

The British zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead, which opened in only 607 theaters, raked in $3.3 million to place eighth overall.

"We're just going to let it sit and percolate for another week," Jack Foley, head of distribution for Focus Features, told The Associated Press Sunday. "Then we're going to expand further."

This weekend, the Top 12 films grossed an estimated $60 million, down 5.01 percent from last weekend's $63.1 million take and down 24.77 percent from last year's draw of $79.8 million. The top three films at the box office this time last year were

Universal's PG-13 comedy The Rundown, which debuted at No. 1 with $18.5 million in 3,152 theaters, averaging $5,880 per theater; Buena Vista's PG-13 romantic comedy Under the Tuscan Sun, which opened in second with $9.7 million in 1,226 theaters, averaging $7,954 per theater; and Sony Pictures R-rated Underworld, which came in at No. 3 in its second week with $9.4 million in 2,928 theaters, averaging $3,217 per theater.

BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES:

(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)

No. 1: The Forgotten (Sony, PG-13)

Gross: $22 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3,104

Per-theater average: $7,087

No. 2: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Paramount, PG)

Gross: $6.7 million (-57%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 3,170 (unchanged)

Per-theater average: $ 2,125

Cume to date: $25.5 million

No. 3: Mr. 3000 (Buena Vista, PG-13)

Gross: $5 million (-42%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 2,736 (Unchanged)

Per-theater average: $ 1,827

Cume to date: $15.3 million

No. 4: First Daughter (20th Century Fox, PG)

Gross: $4 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 2,259

Per-theater average: $1,771

No. 5: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Screen Gems, R)

Gross: $4 million (-53%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,836 (-448)

Per-theater average: $1,410

Cume to date: $43.4 million

No. 6: Cellular (New Line Cinema, PG-13)

Gross: $3.7 million (-46%)

Weeks opened: 3

Theaters: 2,763 (+14)

Per-theater average: $1,321

Cume to date: $25 million

No. 7: Wimbledon (Universal Pictures, PG-13)

Gross: $3.4 million (-52%)

Weeks opened: 2

Theaters: 2,039 (+5)

Per-theater average: $1,667

Cume to date: $12.1 million

No. 8: Shaun of the Dead (Focus Features, PG-13)

Gross: $3.3 million

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 607

Per-theater average: $5,368

No. 9: Without a Paddle (Paramount, PG-13)

Gross: $2.4 million (-34%)

Weeks opened: 6

Theaters: 2,319 (-291)

Per-theater average: $$1,026

Cume to date: $53.5 million

No. 10: Hero (Miramax, PG-13)

Gross: $2.3 million (-20%)

Weeks opened: 5

Theaters: 1,713 (-213)

Per-theater average: $1,319

Cume to date: $49.2 million

OTHER OPENINGS

The Last Shot (Buena Vista, R)

Gross: $169,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 35

Per-theater average: $4,829

The Motorcycle Diaries (Focus Features, R)

Gross: $157,054

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3

Per-theater average: $52,351

The Yes Men (MGM, PG-13)

Gross: $25,000

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 3

Per-theater average: $8,333

Infernal Affairs (Miramax, R)

Gross: $23,907

Weeks opened: NEW!

Theaters: 5

Per-theater average: $4,781

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