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Scooby-Doo 2 Unleashes Winning Box Office Formula

Warner Bros. SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED (with vfx by Rhythm & Hues) took the box office derby for the weekend period ended March 28, 2004, bowing with a whopping $29.4M. Buena Vistas THE LADYKILLERS, on the strength of Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers, debuted in second with $12.6M. Mel Gibsons THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST slid to third with $12.5M, but not without crossing another threshold with $315.1M in only five weeks. Universals DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, which was last weeks box office leader, predictably dropped to fourth, taking in $10.6M for a two-week cume of $44.2M. Miramaxs JERSEY GIRL debuted in fifth place with $8.3M. Warner Bros. thriller, TAKING LIVES, dipped to sixth with $6.5M and $21.7M to date. Warner Bros. STARSKY AND HUTCH finished seventh by adding another $6.2M to its retro coffers for a total of $76.8M. Buena Vistas HIDALGO (with vfx by ILM) collected $5.33M for an eighth place finish, which brings its total to $56.4M. Sonys SECRET WINDOW came in ninth with $5.31M and $40.5M. And Focus ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, despite the presence of Jim Carrey, settled for 10th place in its second weekend, bringing in $5.2M and $16.5M to date. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.