''American Wedding'' takes the cake at the box office. Dave Karger says the third slice of ''Pie'' didn't fare as well as the second in the series, but still 10 times better than J. Lo and Ben

By Dave Karger
Updated August 01, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

American Wedding

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Who doesn’t love a wedding in the summer? Crude humor fans couldn’t resist “American Wedding” this weekend, as it topped the box office with $34.3 million, according to studio estimates.

As expected, the third film in the “American Pie” series didn’t perform as well as “American Pie 2,” which premiered with $45.1 million in 2001. But it was still a respectable turnout for “Wedding,” which will likely conclude the successful teen franchise.

Meanwhile, another film franchise is going strong as “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” slipped a moderate 40 percent in its second weekend to $20.1 million. After 10 days, last week’s surprise No. 1 has grossed $69.1 million. And “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” held on even better, slipping only 17 percent to $19.1 million and bringing its four-week total to an incredible $209.8 million. That makes “Pirates” the fifth film of the year to cross $200 million, following “X2: X-Men United,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “Finding Nemo,” all four of which, incidentally, were released in May.

Rising one place from No. 5 to No. 4 was “Seabiscuit,” which added approximately 400 theaters in its second weekend and saw only a 16 percent drop to $17.5 million. After 10 days, the critical hit has earned $49.1 million, and this is likely only the beginning. Rounding out the top five was “Bad Boys II,” which fell 42 percent to $12.7 million, bringing its total to $111.3 million.

So what happened to “Gigli”? Good question. The barely watchable “comedy” starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck was killed by horrible reviews and a complete lack of audience interest and premiered with an embarrassing $3.8 million, placing eighth for the weekend. To put that in some perspective, that’s a little better than “From Justin to Kelly”’s $2.7 million but considerably less than the $5.8 million Mandy Moore’s disappointing “How to Deal” grossed in its first three days. In other words, it looks like “Gigli” rhymes with “flop.”

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American Wedding

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