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BOO BOWS BIG

Monsters, Inc.’s scare-pair Mike and Sulley don’t just collect kids’ screams but also their piggy banks. The Pixar-Disney flick set a new record for an animated-film debut–topping Toy Story 2’s $57.4 million in 1999–and scored the sixth biggest three-day opening ever. Not a bad way to kick off this year’s holiday movie season. Jet Li’s The One showed some nifty box office kung fu, landing at No. 2, and John Travolta’s thriller Domestic Disturbance helped the top 10 crack the $100 million mark for the first time in 12 weeks. In limited release, the Coens’ The Man Who Wasn’t There and French import Amelie snagged hearty per-screen averages–$17,036 and $45,490, respectively.

TOP 20 WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS WEEKEND NO. OF PER-SITE IN TO GROSS* SITES[1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE

1 MONSTERS, INC. Disney $62.6 3,237 $19,332 1 $62.6 2 THE ONE Columbia $19.1 2,894 $6,604 1 $19.1 3 DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE Paramount $14.0 2,910 $4,822 1 $14.0 4 K-PAX Universal $10.1 2,545 $3,955 2 $31.5 5 THIRTEEN GHOSTS Warner Bros. $7.9 2,781 $2,832 2 $27.7 6 RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS Columbia $4.1 2,554 $1,588 3 $24.6 7 FROM HELL 20th Century Fox $3.5 1,947 $1,800 3 $26.2 8 TRAINING DAY Warner Bros. $3.1 1,805 $1,691 5 $69.6 9 BANDITS MGM $2.8 2,116 $1,335 4 $36.3 10 SERENDIPITY Miramax $2.4 1,640 $1,459 5 $43.5 11 THE LAST CASTLE DreamWorks $1.7 1,813 $960 3 $15.9 12 BONES New Line $1.4 847 $1,671 2 $5.7 13 CORKY ROMANO Touchstone $1.3 1,410 $941 4 $22.2 14 ON THE LINE Miramax $1.0 901 $1,118 2 $3.6 15 DON’T SAY A WORD 20th Century Fox $1.0 884 $1,128 6 $53.1 16 ZOOLANDER Paramount $0.7 1,012 $723 6 $43.4 17 THE OTHERS Dimension $0.7 1,663 $408 13 $96.1 18 HARDBALL Paramount $0.7 710 $950 8 $37.8 19 THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE USA Films $0.7 39 $17,036 1 $0.7 20 LIFE AS A HOUSE New Line $0.6 88 $6,644 2 $1.0

SOURCE: ACNIELSEN EDI, INC. WEEKEND OF NOV. 2-4 *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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