Oh, Goody Goody: this weekend's box office numbers
Dr. Lecter brained the competition again as Hannibal gobbled up a piggish $33.5 million and flew flew flew past the $100 million mark. Meanwhile, Down to Earth proved anything but, posting a heavenly $20 million opening that helped push overall box office to an 8.8 percent increase over last year’s Presidents’ Day weekend. In third place, Recess: School’s Out used its $13.5 million worth of popularity to get picked first for kickball over the week’s other major opening — the Charlize Theron-Keanu Reeves weepie Sweet November ($11 million). And riding dreams of little gold men, several movies enjoyed Oscar-nomination bumps: Crouching Tiger sprung to $10.5 million, Traffic piled up $7.5 million, and Chocolat scarfed down $5.7 million, an 85 percent increase over its last (pre-nom) weekend take.