By EW Staff
Updated November 29, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

‘CHAMBER’ MUSIC

Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets conjured up the third-biggest three-day opening ever (trailing Spider-Man’s $114.8 million and the first Harry’s $90.3 million), generating a powerful per-site average of nearly $24,000. Last week’s champ fell about 8 Mile, dropping 62 percent; with the new James Bond and Ice Cube poised to hit multiplexes, Eminem is likely to see further erosion of his audience. A number of smaller films fared well, especially Far From Heaven and a trio of Latin-themed movies — Frida, Real Women Have Curves, and El Crimen del Padre Amaro. Arriba!

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

1 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Warner Bros. $88.4 3,682 $23,997 1 $88.4 2 8 MILE Universal $19.3 2,496 $7,750 2 $84.4 3 THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 Disney $15.1 3,346 $4,513 3 $82.5 4 THE RING DreamWorks $10.7 2,882 $3,700 5 $100.7 5 HALF PAST DEAD Screen Gems $7.8 2,113 $3,701 1 $7.8 6 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $4.7 1,812 $2,601 31 $199.6 7 JACKASS THE MOVIE Paramount $3.9 2,413 $1,606 4 $59.4 8 I SPY Columbia $3.8 2,611 $1,458 3 $30.7 9 FRIDA Miramax $2.9 519 $5,615 4 $8.7 10 SWEET HOME ALABAMA Touchstone $2.2 1,469 $1,521 8 $121.9 11 BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE United Artists $1.3 248 $5,094 6 $8.8 12 FEMME FATALE Warner Bros. $1.2 1,066 $1,171 2 $5.7 13 PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Columbia $1.2 867 $1,396 6 $16.5 14 GHOST SHIP Warner Bros. $1.1 1,175 $951 4 $28.3 15 STAR WARS: EPISODE II — ATTACK OF THE CLONES IMAX 20th Century Fox $0.9 58 $15,688 27 $307.0** 16 FAR FROM HEAVEN Focus $0.9 54 $16,716 2 $1.3 17 REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES Newmarket $0.5 147 $3,540 5 $2.6 18 RED DRAGON Universal $0.5 552 $920 7 $92.5 19 BARBERSHOP MGM $0.5 725 $692 10 $74.8 20 EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO Samuel Goldwyn $0.5 43 $11,542 1 $0.5

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF NOV. 15-17 *WEEKEND GROSS AND GROSS-TO-DATE FIGURES IN MILLIONS [1]INCLUDES SOME MULTISCREEN THEATERS AND PRINTS SHIPPED AS WELL AS INDIVIDUAL SCREENS **INCLUDES STANDARD FORMAT RELEASE

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