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Chart Flashback: 10 years ago...

Over Presidents’ Day weekend in 2002, Denzel Washington led the box office — just as he is doing now with his current $80 million-plus hit, ”Safe House.” Here’s what was going on back then

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1. John Q.
Three days after Denzel Washington scored an Oscar nomination for Training Day (spoiler alert: He won!), this poorly reviewed heart-transplant weepie posted strong numbers.
Weekend gross: $23.6M
Final gross: $71.8M
EW Grade: C

2. Crossroads
In her first (and only) starring vehicle, Britney Spears saw results similar to those of her bubblegum cohort Mandy Moore, whose debut, A Walk to Remember, took in $41.3 million that same year.
Weekend gross: $17.0M
Final gross: $37.2M
EW Grade: B+

3. Return to Never Land
Weekend gross: $15.6M
Final gross: $48.4M
EW Grade: C+

4. Big Fat Liar
Weekend gross: $11.4M
Final gross: $48.4M
EW Grade: D

5. Collateral Damage
Weekend gross: Weekend gross $9.6M
Final gross: $40.1M
EW Grade: C

6. A Beautiful Mind
How do you turn a film about math into a box office smash? Simple! Take eight Oscar nominations, add a zillion rave reviews, and multiply by Russell Crowe’s post-Gladiator appeal.
Weekend gross: Weekend gross $9.4M
Final gross: $170.7M
EW Grade: B+

7. Hart’s War
Weekend gross: $8.9M
Final gross: $19.1M
EW Grade: B-

8. Black Hawk Down
The Ridley Scott drama became Josh Hartnett’s second war-themed blockbuster in a row. Eight months earlier, he starred in Michael Bay’s WWII epic, Pearl Harbor, which earned $198.5 million.
Weekend gross: $7.3M
Final gross: $108.6M
EW Grade: B-

9. Super Troopers
Weekend gross: $7.1M
Final gross: $18.5M
EW Grade: C+

10. Snow Dogs
Fans of Cuba Gooding Jr. feared that Snow Dogs signaled a descent into hokey comedic roles. Those fears were validated with his next film, Boat Trip, which earned $8.6 million.
Weekend gross: $6.7M
Final gross: $81.2M
EW Grade: D

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