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Volume 69, Issue 106, Monday, March 9, 2004

Arts & Entertainment

Gays find victory in box office success

By Zach Lee
The Daily Cougar

With sodomy laws repealed and gay marriage on the minds of millions, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's Starsky and Hutch, a movie Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer refers to as "the first openly gay cop-buddy comedy from a big studio," brought more strength to a growing movement this weekend as it raked in $29 million. 

The religious right just won't let gays have their way, though, in the vows of marriage or the theaters, as Mel Gibson's blood-soaked The Passion of the Christ held onto the No. 1 spot with $51.4 million this weekend, and a total of $212 million -- it only goes to show that Judas should have skipped the betrayal and gone into movie making. Thirty pieces of silver doesn't even come close.

Starsky and Hutch made it to second place on homoerotic undertones and appearances by Snoop Dogg and Will Ferrell. Snoop couldn't save Bones, but when he's not a lead, his contributions are much more impressive.

Viggo Mortensen, in another role that puts him on a horse, rides to No. 3 with a story that toes the line between complete fiction and romanticized truth several times in Hidalgo. After watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, it's strange to see him with a mailbag instead of a sword.

50 First Dates is still doing well at fourth place with the star power of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Twisted remains mediocre at No. 5, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen hasn't yet disappeared to the underworld of box office evil, as it stays at No. 6.

Viggo Mortensen's second appearance in this week's top 10 is in the strong return of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The Oscars sweep has brought the epic back onto the list at the respectable No. 7 spot with the incredible gross of $368 million.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights dances its way down to eighth place with a meager $2.8 million. The lesser of two miracles in this week's list, hockey-flavored Miracle hangs on to No. 9, and Monster also makes a comeback after receiving the Academy's nod to round out the bottom of the list.

Broken Lizard's Club Dread drops off the list in only its second week. Sorry, guys, Super Troopers was a one-time thing.

Eurotrip, Welcome to Mooseport and Barbershop 2: Back in Business also end their stays on the list.

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