November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

‘RING’ A DING DING

Naomi Watts spun gold for DreamWorks this weekend as her supernatural spookfest The Ring whirled into first place with $15 million — the studio’s second film to nab the top slot this year. But things weren’t so bone-chillingly brilliant for Katie Holmes, whose girl-in-distress thriller Abandon grossed only $5 million, adding yet another link to Paramount’s chain of recent underperformers. Samuel L. Jackson’s action flick Formula 51 also took a hit, failing to break the top 10 with $2.8 million. Finally, somewhere Reese Witherspoon is dancing the two-step: She’ll soon pass the $100 mil milestone for the first time in her career.

TOP 20

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

1 THE RING DreamWorks $15.0 1,981 $7,580 1 $15.0 2 SWEET HOME ALABAMA Touchstone $9.6 3,282 $2,913 4 $98.5 3 RED DRAGON Universal $8.8 3,307 $2,650 3 $77.8 4 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $7.1 2,014 $3,548 27 $169.3 5 BROWN SUGAR Fox Searchlight $5.2 1,378 $3,785 2 $18.5 6 THE TRANSPORTER 20th Century Fox $5.1 2,610 $1,948 2 $17.2 7 ABANDON Paramount $5.1 2,341 $2,163 1 $5.1 8 THE TUXEDO DreamWorks $4.1 2,424 $1,701 4 $43.1 9 JONAH: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE Artisan $3.9 1,581 $2,471 3 $16.0 10 TUCK EVERLASTING Disney $3.8 1,448 $2,596 2 $10.6 11 WHITE OLEANDER Warner Bros. $3.1 1,510 $2,084 2 $10.7 12 FORMULA 51 Screen Gems $2.8 1,857 $1,517 1 $2.8 13 KNOCKAROUND GUYS New Line $2.5 1,806 $1,359 2 $9.4 14 BARBERSHOP MGM $2.4 1,540 $1,563 6 $69.0 15 PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Columbia $1.5 78 $18,986 2 $2.0 16 THE RULES OF ATTRACTION Lions Gate $1.2 1,430 $831 2 $4.8 17 THE BANGER SISTERS Fox Searchlight $0.7 841 $891 5 $28.7 18 MOONLIGHT MILE Touchstone $0.7 408 $1,829 4 $5.2 19 BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE United Artists $0.7 46 $15,827 2 $1.1 20 SPIRITED AWAY Disney $0.5 151 $3,439 5 $3.4

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF OCT. 18-20 *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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