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By EW Staff
Updated December 06, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
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BOND AMBITION

It was seasoned spy versus apprentice wizard this weekend, as the 20th Bond flick, Die Another Day, outdid last week’s victor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, with $47.1 million — enough to top 1999’s The World Is Not Enough and become the highest-grossing Bond opening ever. Ice Cube continued to flex his muscles, bringing Friday After Next to a buff $13 mil alongside Barbershop’s 11-week, $75.1 million run. And in a sea of titans, limited releases held their own — especially Almodovar’s Talk to Her, which chatted up a whopping $104,396 in just two New York theaters.

TOP 20 WEEKEND NO. OF WEEKEND WEEKS GROSS GROSS* SITES PER-SITE IN TO [1] AVERAGE RELEASE DATE 1 DIE ANOTHER DAY MGM $47.1 3,314 $14,204 1 $47.1 2 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Warner Bros. $42.2 3,682 $11,469 2 $148.4 3 FRIDAY AFTER NEXT New Line $13.0 1,616 $8,051 1 $13.0 4 THE SANTA CLAUSE 2 Disney $10.2 3,251 $3,141 4 $94.9 5 8 MILE Universal $8.6 2,585 $3,335 3 $97.6 6 THE RING DreamWorks $7.6 2,628 $2,877 6 $110.8 7 THE EMPEROR’S CLUB Universal $3.8 809 $4,755 1 $3.8 8 MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING IFC $3.7 1,585 $2,307 32 $204.5 9 HALF PAST DEAD Screen Gems $3.1 2,113 $1,479 2 $12.5 10 FRIDA Miramax $2.4 794 $2,984 5 $12.1 11 FAR FROM HEAVEN Focus $1.6 259 $6,259 3 $3.2 12 JACKASS THE MOVIE Paramount $1.6 1,522 $1,059 5 $62.1 13 I SPY Columbia $1.0 1,535 $680 4 $32.6 14 SWEET HOME ALABAMA Touchstone $1.0 952 $1,094 9 $123.4 15 BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE United Artists $1.0 244 $4,031 7 $10.3 16 EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO Samuel Goldwyn $0.7 86 $8,630 2 $1.5 17 STAR WARS: EPISODE II — ATTACK OF THE CLONES IMAX 20th Century Fox $0.6 58 $10,641 28 $307.9** 18 REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES Newmarket $0.4 163 $2,658 6 $3.2 19 PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE Columbia $0.4 411 $1,027 7 $17.3 20 GHOST SHIP Warner Bros. $0.3 570 $614 5 $28.9

SOURCE: NIELSEN EDI. WEEKEND OF NOV. 22-24 *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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