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DMX APPEAL

The reunion of Jet Li and DMX, who first rumbled together in 2000’s Romeo Must Die, yielded high-octane dough for Warner Bros., making Cradle 2 the Grave the studio’s second No. 1 opening this year. As Old School streaked past two-time champ Daredevil to snag a $14 million second-place spot, Oscar nominees kept pace: The Pianist jumped a solid 26 percent to $14.8 mil in gross to date; Gangs of New York popped back into the top 20; and the unstoppable Chicago became the first live-action musical to dance beyond the $100 million mark since Grease in 1978.

TOP 20

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

1 CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE Warner Bros. $16.5 2,625 $6.294 1 $16.5 2 OLD SCHOOL DreamWorks $14.0 2,742 $5,120 2 $37.4 3 DAREDEVIL 20th Century Fox $11.1 3,234 $3.439 3 $84.2 4 HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS Paramount $10.3 2,923 $3,507 4 $77.6 5 CHICAGO Miramax $7.9 2,447 $3,210 10 $104.9 6 THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Disney $7.0 2,814 $2,482 3 $33.9 7 SHANGHAI KNIGHTS Touchstone $5.0 2,515 $1,999 4 $50.9 8 THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE Universal $4.5 2,003 $2,265 2 $13.6 9 GODS AND GENERALS Warner Bros. $2.9 1,533 $1,922 2 $8.9 10 THE RECRUIT Touchstone $2.7 1,508 $1,809 5 $48.1 11 DARK BLUE United Artists $2.4 2,176 $1,086 2 $7.6 12 THE HOURS Paramount/Miramax $2.1 1,010 $2,031 10 $33.0 13 FINAL DESTINATION 2 New Line $1.9 1,204 $1,572 5 $43.0 14 ABOUT SCHMIDT New Line $1.9 1,007 $1,848 12 $58.0 15 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS New Line $1.6 905 $1,788 11 $330.3 16 THE PIANIST Focus $1.5 564 $2,587 10 $14.8 17 KANGAROO JACK Warner Bros. $1.4 1,545 $833 7 $63.6 18 THE QUIET AMERICAN Miramax $1.1 222 $5,061 15** $5.8 19 DELIVER US FROM EVA Focus $0.9 537 $1,753 4 $16.1 20 GANGS OF NEW YORK Miramax $0.7 725 $961 11 $74.6

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF FEB. 28-MARCH 2 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS **TRACKING BEGAN WITH BRIEF 2002 OSCAR-ELIGIBILITY RELEASE