Horror Remake Takes Chainsaw to Kill Bill
New Line's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake upended Quentin Tarantino's KILL BILL VOLUME 1 from the top of the box office chart, scoring $28M for the weekend ended Oct. 19, 2003. With vfx by Centro Digital Pictures Ltd. and K.N.B. EFX Group Inc., the Miramax film declined nearly 44% in its second week, picking up $12.4M and $43.2M to date. Debuting in third place was Fox's courtroom thriller, RUNAWAY JURY, which tagged $11.8M. Paramount's THE SCHOOL OF ROCK was right behind in fourth, with $11M and a three-week total of $54.8M. Clint Eastwood's MYSTIC RIVER, meanwhile, catapulted from 17th to fifth place in wide release. The moody Warner Bros. mystery wracked up $10.4M for a two-week cume of $13.5M. MGM's talking dog fest, GOOD BOY! (courtesy of Jim Henson Prods. with vfx from Rainmaker Digital Pictures), collected $8.9M for sixth place, and now has a two-week total of $25.7M). The Coen Bros.' screwball comedy with George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY, netted $6.5M for Universal in its sophomore outing at number seven (with vfx by Rhythm & Hues), giving it $22.7M. MGM's OUT OF TIME fell to eighth with $4M and a cume of $35.2M. Boy Wonder Visual Effects worked on this action/thriller. Disney's Diane Lane romancer, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, hit the ninth spot with $3.3M for a $33.6M take. Universal's THE RUNDOWN, starring The Rock, sunk to number 10 with $2.7M and a disappointing cume of $44.5M. Rhythm & Hues has vfx bragging rights on this one. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.