By EW Staff
Updated March 30, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
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Someone tell Van Damme to give Coolio a ring! Propelled by the urban street cred of rapper costar DMX, burly action lunk Steven Seagal finally emerged from the whatever-happened-to bin with the debut of his latest bare-knuckle actioner, Exit Wounds. Racking up $18.5 million in its opening weekend, the brawling Buddhist’s latest flick topped his previous best bow, 1992’s Under Siege ($14.1 million). Exit Wounds’ numbers are all the more staggering considering that Seagal’s last major feature, 1997’s Fire Down Below, barely eked out $16.2 million during its entire theatrical run. Elsewhere, the Mobius-strip memory thriller Memento and the Aussie moon-landing comedy The Dish pulled in $21,408 and $11,769 per-screen averages, respectively, in limited release.

TOP 20 WEEKEND NO. OF WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS GROSS* SITES[**] PER-SITE IN TO AVERAGE GROSS DATE 1 EXIT WOUNDS Warner Bros. $18.5 2,830 $6,532 1 $18.5 2 ENEMY AT THE GATES Paramount $13.8 1,509 $9,152 1 $13.8 3 THE MEXICAN DreamWorks $8.0 3,162 $2,534 3 $50.8 4 SEE SPOT RUN Warner Bros. $5.0 2,656 $1,885 3 $24.8 5 15 MINUTES New Line $4.3 2,337 $1,840 2 $17.9 6 CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Sony Pictures Classics $4.0 1,860 $2,175 15 $100.3 7 DOWN TO EARTH Paramount $4.0 2,425 $1,652 5 $56.8 8 HANNIBAL MGM $3.6 2,433 $1,466 6 $157.1 9 CHOCOLAT Miramax $3.4 1,901 $1,803 14 $55.9 10 TRAFFIC USA Films $3.4 1,682 $2,030 12 $102.5 11 GET OVER IT Miramax $2.8 1,742 $1,627 2 $8.1 12 RECESS: SCHOOL’S OUT Walt Disney $1.6 1,736 $950 5 $33.3 13 O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? Touchstone $1.5 826 $1,803 13 $35.2 14 CAST AWAY 20th Century Fox $1.2 1,079 $1,139 13 $227.7 15 THE WEDDING PLANNER Columbia $.9 885 $1,020 8 $58.7 16 SAVE THE LAST DANCE Paramount $.8 862 $982 10 $87.3 17 POLLOCK Sony Pictures Classics $.7 218 $3,421 14[***] $3.8 18 SWEET NOVEMBER Warner Bros. $.6 705 $807 5 $24.4 19 MISS CONGENIALITY Warner Bros. $.4 574 $726 13 $105.0 20 FINDING FORRESTER Columbia $.3 373 $917 13 $51.0

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF MARCH 16-18, *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [**]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS [***]TRACKING BEGAN WITH BRIEF 2000 OSCAR-ELIGIBILITY RELEASE

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