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Sum Number One Again

The CIA thriller THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, with visual effects by Rhythm & Hues, came in at number one again this weekend, earning $18.7M for a two-week total of $61.7M. The Ya-Ya's battled the Clones to take second, as chick-flick THE DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD earned $16.3M in its debut weekend and STAR WARS: EPISODE II, with visual effects by ILM, dropped to third with $13.8M and a four-week cume of $254.9M. The unlikely duo of Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock managed to take fourth place, as BAD COMPANY welcomed $10.5M in its debut, leaving SPIDER-MAN, with visual effects by Sony Imageworks, in fifth, with $10M and an astounding $370.1M after six weeks. SPIDER-MAN, showing little sign of slowing down, is now the fifth highest grossing film of all time. SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON dropped just one place to sixth, down a mere 17% from last weekend. Taking in $9.4M, DreamWorks' "tradigital" animated feature has grossed $53.8M in three weeks. John Ridley's animated Web series turned feature film UNDERCOVER BROTHER has fallen from its solid fourth place opening down to seventh in its second frame, with $7.3M this weekend for $23.6M total. Box office information obtained from yahoo.com.

Karl Cohen sits down with Rob Coleman, EPISODE II'S animation director, and learns how the ILM team combines many different techniques into one seamless digital world.http://mag.awn.com/index.php3?ltype=pageone&article_no=1410

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