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'DAMNED' GOOD

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Aaliyah’s posthumous vampire flick, Queen of the Damned, sucked up $14.8 million to take the top spot. In the battle for No. 2, the only other major opening, Dragonfly, was squashed by John Q., Denzel Washington’s anti-HMO rabble-rouser, generating a healthy $4,980 per-screen average. Return to Never Land also refused to grow old, swashbuckling to fourth place, while Britney Spears’ squeaky-clean road-trip flick, Crossroads, reached the intersection of Market Saturation Road and Limited Audience Avenue, dropping almost 60 percent. And farther down, Gosford Park has become Robert Altman’s highest grosser since 1980’s Popeye.

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

1 QUEEN OF THE DAMNED Warner Bros. $14.8 2,511 $5,877 1 $14.8 2 JOHN Q. New Line $12.5 2,505 $4,980 2 $39.8 3 DRAGONFLY Universal $10.2 2,507 $4,075 1 $10.2 4 RETURN TO NEVER LAND Disney $9.0 2,626 $3,423 2 $27.3 5 CROSSROADS Paramount $7.0 2,381 $2,944 2 $26.2 6 BIG FAT LIAR Universal $6.3 2,437 $2,595 3 $33.2 7 A BEAUTIFUL MIND Universal $5.3 2,069 $2,565 10 $132.7 8 HART’S WAR MGM $4.5 2,459 $1,814 2 $15.0 9 SUPER TROOPERS Fox Searchlight $3.9 1,805 $2,165 2 $12.5 10 COLLATERAL DAMAGE Warner Bros. $3.9 2,410 $1,600 3 $34.6 11 BLACK HAWK DOWN Columbia $3.6 1,802 $2,000 9 $101.3 12 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING New Line $3.5 1,510 $2,290 10 $283.2 13 SNOW DOGS Disney $3.3 2,194 $1,521 6 $72.6 14 THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Touchstone $3.2 1,353 $2,373 5 $44.6 15 I AM SAM New Line $2.3 1,074 $2,112 9 $33.1 16 IN THE BEDROOM Miramax $2.3 1,103 $2,040 14 $26.2 17 MONSTER’S BALL Lions Gate $2.1 554 $3,787 9 $10.8 18 GOSFORD PARK USA Films $2.0 821 $2,453 9 $28.4 19 A WALK TO REMEMBER Warner Bros. $1.6 1,306 $1,201 5 $38.2 20 ROLLERBALL MGM $1.2 1,409 $841 3 $17.6

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF FEB. 22-24 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS

[1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS