March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The silence has been broken. Hannibal scalped another $15.8 million worth of tickets this weekend, pushing its total to a Lambs-basting $128.5 million, all but ensuring that the brainy sequel will surpass the $130.7 million domestic tally of its slightly quieter predecessor. In the No. 2 slot, Chris Rock refused to come Down to Earth; his film racked up another $11.2 million for a respectable $34 million total in its sophomore frame. Meanwhile, the week’s two major openings caused barely a ripple: More bloated than Elvis, 3000 Miles to Graceland ($7.2 million) appears to be even farther away from a hit, and the Brendan Fraser comedy Monkeybone ($2.7 million) fell prey to a bad bit of monkey business when it failed to crack the top 10.

TOP 20 WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1]AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 HANNIBAL MGM $15.8 3,292 $4,789 3 $128.5 2 DOWN TO EARTH Paramount $11.2 2,521 $4,447 2 $34.0 3 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND Warner Bros. $7.2 2,545 $2,814 1 $7.2 4 RECESS: SCHOOL’S OUT Walt Disney $6.9 2,630 $2,636 2 $22.7 5 CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Sony Pictures Classics $6.6 1,749 $3,769 12 $81.9 6 TRAFFIC USA Films $5.1 1,755 $2,927 9 $86.2 7 SWEET NOVEMBER Warner Bros. $5.1 2,268 $2,260 2 $17.8 8 CHOCOLAT Miramax $4.8 1,844 $2,582 11 $40.1 9 THE WEDDING PLANNER Columbia $4.0 2,064 $1,915 5 $52.2 10 CAST AWAY 20th Century Fox $3.1 1,997 $1,555 10 $220.9 11 MONKEYBONE 20th Century Fox $2.7 1,722 $1,559 1 $2.7 12 SAVE THE LAST DANCE Paramount $2.3 1,728 $1,323 7 $82.7 13 O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? Touchstone $2.3 830 $2,735 10 $28.2 14 SAVING SILVERMAN Columbia $2.0 2,151 $952 3 $17.2 15 FINDING FORRESTER Columbia $1.1 808 $1,353 10 $49.1 16 WHAT WOMEN WANT Paramount $.9 746 $1,211 11 $178.9 17 SNATCH Columbia $.9 402 $2,127 12 $28.7 18 THIRTEEN DAYS New Line $.7 471 $1,421 9 $33.1 19 MISS CONGENIALITY Warner Bros. $.7 525 $1,260 10 $103.3 20 THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE Walt Disney $.5 633 $848 11 $85.7

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF FEB. 23-25, *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS

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