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Volume 68, Issue 112, Monday, March 17, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Latifah and Jones rule the box office

By Daniel Huron
The Daily Cougar

This weekendis box office champ: A teenaged super-spy or a demented assassin?

Nope! It's a man and his convict houseguest.

Slipping to $22.4 million from $31.1 million, Steve Martin and Queen Latifahis hit Bringing Down the House had what it takes to claim the number one spot for a second week in a row.

Frankie Muniz of Malcom in the Middle and former Houstonian Lizzie McGuire star Hillary Duff helped empty the malls of their usual teenage clientele and bring them into the theaters for Agent Cody Banks. The movie grossed $15 million ? good enough for second place.

After a slew of impressive performances and an Academy Award, Benicio Del Toro tries to show his box office power in The Hunted. With two other Oscar winners involved ? director William Friedkin and Tommy Lee Jones ? the film took in $13.5 million. That's a good weekend for a film that suffered from less then stealer reviews.

No tears for Bruce Willis. His go-get-em army flick Tears of the Sun continued to draw an audience. Its $8.8 million weekend is good enough for the fourth spot in the top ten.

Chicago claims the fifth place at the box office. Rob Marshallis musical earned $7.71 this weekend pushing its total earning to $125 million. The movie is the second-highest grossing live-action musical ever behind Grease ($188 million) and in front of The Rocky Horror Picture Show ($113 million).

Old School finished the weekend with $6.8 million and a spot at number six ? proof enough that audiences still canit get enough of Will Ferrell and his frat brothers.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days still has some magic left. The Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey film took in $4.83 million and a spot at number seven.

Rats. Theyire nasty, and they carry diseases. They are the true stars of the horror remake Willard, which grossed $4.03 million and earned a spot at number eight.

The superhero flick Daredevil ($3.04 million) and Cradle 2 the Grave ($3 million) round out this weekis top ten.
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