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Post Labor Day Box Office Blues

Summer's over and audiences predictably stayed home. For the weekend that concluded Sept. 7, 2003, the box office top 10 couldn't even muster $50M. Paramount's DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR debuted at number one, collecting $6.6M. UA's JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 came in second place (featuring vfx by The Orphanage and Makeup and Monsters) with $6.5M and $27.2M to date. Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL took the third spot with $5.2M and a bounty of $281.8M (boasting vfx by Industrial Light & Magic, Boy Wonder, CIS, Digiscope, Gray Matter FX, Method and Pacific Title). Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY grabbed fourth place with $5M and a total of $97M. Sony's S.W.A.T. (with vfx by Pixel Magic) settled into fifth place with $4.5M and $108M so far.

Fox's thriller THE ORDER (with vfx by Millennium FX Ltd.) debuted in sixth place with $4.4M, Disney's OPEN RANGE (packed with vfx by Centropolis Effects LLC, Cinesite of Hollywood, Northern Effects and U & Co.) took seventh with $4.2M, which is good enough for $49.3M. Universal's SEABISCUIT (bolstered by vfx from Pixel Playground Inc., Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Orphanage) landed in eighth place with $3.7M and a cume of $109.6M. New Line's FREDDY VS. JASON (with vfx principally by Cinesite of Hollywood, Pixel Magic and Asylum) settled into ninth place with $3.2M and a nice $78M in its pocket. And MGM's UPTOWN GIRLS held the 10th spot with $2.4M and a total of $33.5M. Box office information obtained from