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MONEY ‘MACHINE’

A Wells-oiled box office apparatus teleported DreamWorks to No. 1, and the week’s only other major bow, Ice Cube’s All About the Benjamins, didn’t do badly either, finishing third with more than 100,000 pieces of paper featuring Mr. Franklin. Elsewhere, however, it was all about the hold: Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers airlifted out another $14.2 million; and John Q. proved not yet in need of life support, dropping only 30 percent in its fourth frame. Josh Hartnett’s 40 Days, however, fell more than 40 percent in its sophomore weekend and will be lucky to clear $40 million.

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

1 THE TIME MACHINE DreamWorks $22.6 2,944 $7,680 1 $22.6 2 WE WERE SOLDIERS Paramount $14.2 3,143 $4,521 2 $40.6 3 ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS New Line $10.0 1,505 $6,649 1 $10.0 4 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS Miramax $7.0 2,399 $2,932 2 $22.8 5 JOHN Q. New Line $5.9 2,382 $2,487 4 $59.0 6 RETURN TO NEVER LAND Disney $4.5 2,498 $1,785 4 $41.5 7 DRAGONFLY Universal $4.0 2,431 $1,655 3 $24.8 8 A BEAUTIFUL MIND Universal $3.1 1,793 $2,160 12 $144.3 9 BIG FAT LIAR Universal $3.5 2,074 $1,680 5 $43.3 10 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING New Line $2.7 1,210 $2,218 12 $291.1 11 CROSSROADS Paramount $2.4 2,173 $1,124 4 $34.3 12 QUEEN OF THE DAMNED Warner Bros. $2.4 2,150 $1,096 3 $27.9 13 GOSFORD PARK USA Films $1.7 918 $1,839 11 $33.4 14 MONSTER’S BALL Lions Gate $1.7 696 $2,390 11 $15.5 15 THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Touchstone $1.6 1,003 $1,610 7 $50.4 16 SNOW DOGS Disney $1.4 1,364 $1,062 8 $77.4 17 IN THE BEDROOM Miramax $1.4 995 $1,416 16 $30.7 18 BLACK HAWK DOWN Columbia $1.3 1,141 $1,178 11 $106.7 19 I AM SAM New Line $1.2 801 $1,550 11 $37.3 20 SUPER TROOPERS Fox Searchlight $1.0 1,113 $911 4 $17.5

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF MARCH 8-10 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS