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Independence Day Rains Cats & Dogs At Box Office

Warner Bros.' CATS & DOGS edged out Dimensions SCARY MOVIE 2 for the Independence Day weekend box office crown. The puppy and feline fracas, with primary visual effects by Tippett Studios and Rhythm & Hues, barked up US$21.67 million over Friday-Sunday and $35.72 million since Wednesday. SCARY 2, with primary visual effects by Artist's Asylum, laughed in $21 million over the weekend and $34.5 million since its debut on Wednesday. Steven Spielberg's A.I.: ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE dropped over 50% from its opening gross to take home $14.15 million in third. The robotic Pinocchio flick, with primary visual effects by ILM, has racked in $59.68 million so far. Fox's DR. DOLITTLE 2 placed sixth, with a gross of $10.1 million. The animal adventure, with primary visual effects by Rhythm & Hues, has captured $71.52 million thus far. In seventh, down from fourth, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER rustled up another $6.8 million. The video game turned feature, with primary visual effects by Digital Domain and Mill Film, has unearthed $115.6 million to date. In eighth, Dreamwork's surprise mega-hit, SHREK scored an additional $6 million. The irreverent comedy has rescued $240 million so far. Falling from sixth to land in ninth, Disney's ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE floated another $5 million, raising its five-week cume to $69.4 million. Box office data was obtained on Yahoo.com.

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