''Dickie Roberts'' opens at No. 1. The David Spade comedy digs up $7 million, while Heath Ledger's ''The Order'' opens in sixth place

By Gary Susman
September 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

David Spade had his own Hollywood minute this weekend. Not only did he receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, but he also saw his movie ”Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” open at No. 1 on the box office chart. The comedy scored only $7 million, according to industry estimates — that’s less that the $8 million Spade dug up for ”Joe Dirt” in April 2001, and that film opened in fourth place. Still, on a lackluster back-to-school weekend, that was enough to tell all the rest of the week’s movies: ”Buh-bye.”

The weekend’s only other new movie, Heath Ledger’s ”The Order,” opened in sixth place. The religious thriller, much delayed by Twentieth Century Fox and not screened for critics, scared up just $4.3 million. Maybe it needed an Emmanuel Lewis cameo.

Last week’s top movie, ”Jeepers Creepers 2,” saw a 56 percent dip and finished in second place, earning $6.7 million. ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was third with $5.5 million, for a gross to date of $282.1 million, enough to surpass ”The Matrix Reloaded” as the year’s second highest-grossing movie. Another Disney hit, ”Freaky Friday,” was fourth, with $5.1 million. At No. 5, ”S.W.A.T.” collared another $4.6 million.