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BOX OFFICE: 'Patriot' (Mostly) All Wet

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Dec 31, 1899 | 7:00pm EST

So much for patriotism. "The Patriot" got clocked.

The Mel Gibson Revolutionary War flick took in an estimated $35.2 million over the long, Friday-Tuesday Independence Day holiday weekend -- good, but nothing compared to the whopping $64 million haul credited to the non-Fourth of July-minded "The Perfect Storm."

In fact, "The Patriot" couldn't even make in five days what "The Perfect Storm," starring George Clooney, made in three days (an estimated $41.7 million Friday-Sunday).

The rest of the Top Five held from the early-bird estimates issued on Sunday: "Chicken Run" (No. 3, $21 million); "Me, Myself & Irene" (No. 4, $19.5 mil); and, newbie "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" (No. 5, $11 mil).

Here's a rundown of the Top 10 for the five-day holiday weekend, per the box-office trackers at Exhibitor Relations Inc.:

1. "The Perfect Storm" ($64 mil) 2. "The Patriot" ($35.2 mil) 3. "Chicken Run" ($21 mil) 4. "Me, Myself & Irene" ($19.5 mil) 5. "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" ($11 mil) 6. "Shaft" ($9.7 mil) 6. "Big Momma's House" ($8.6 mil) 8. "Gone in 60 Seconds" ($7.8 mil) 9. "M:I-2" ($7.7 mil) 10. "Gladiator" ($3.7 mil)

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