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Holdovers are the Real Winners This Week

March 3rd, 2003

Cradle 2 the Grave was the only movie to open wide and it won the weekend race with little difficulty. The Jet Li and DMX action movie made a more than respectable $16.5 million. However, Jet Li’s movies tend to open well and crash quickly afterwards. Cradle 2 the Grave could prove to be an exception, but we’ll have to wait another week before that could be judged.

With only one film opening wide this week the real winners were last weeks’ holdovers. Starting with Old School which held on to second spot with $14.0 million, a drop of less than 20% from last week. An amazingly small drop-off considering the genre. Old School could beat director Todd Phillips’s previous best box office, which was with Road Trip at just shy of $70 million.

Daredevil didn’t fare so well as it dropped from first to third while losing 38.5% of its second weekend box office. While this was the largest drop in the top 10 it is still much better than last week’s 55% drop. This should help Daredevil cross the $100 million mark before its run is over.

In fourth place is the Romantic Comedy that Wouldn’t Die, also known as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. This week it made a little over $10 million, only an 11.5% drop. So far this movie has had amazing legs and should cross the $100 million mark, possibly before Daredevil does. Next week it could still be hanging on in the top five, which is bad, 'cause typing How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days over and over again is giving me carpal tunnel syndrome.

Still in fifth place 10 weeks into its run is Chicago with only a tiny 5% drop from last week. Chicago beat $100 million this weekend and should beat Rocky Horror Picture Show for third place on the all time box office list for Musicals. Grease will likely remain first on that list with over $188 million.

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Filed under: Chicago, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Daredevil, Old School, Cradle 2 the Grave