As expected, Sony's S.W.A.T. ruled the weekend box office ending Aug. 10, 2003, with an impressive $37M (with VFX by Pixel Magic). Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY remake came in second, drawing a very impressive $22.2M and $33.1M for the five-day period, with Jacqueline Allard serving as digital compositor for the VFX. Universal's AMERICAN WEDDING (with VFX by Soho VFX) took third place after a 53% nose-dive, garnering $15.4M and $65.2M in its second weekend. Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL dropped to fourth with $13M. To date, the swashbuckling blockbuster has nabbed a bounty of $232.7M, with VFX by Industrial Light & Magic, Boy Wonder, CIS, Digiscope, Gray Matter FX, Method and Pacific Title. Universal's SEABISCUIT dropped a notch to fifth place with $11.9M and $69.5M in its third weekend. The Cinderella racehorse saga featured VFX by Pixel Playground Inc., Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Orphanage.
SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER fell to sixth place, collecting $9.7M for a cool $87.1M in its third weekend. Hybride Technologies and The Orphanage shared VFX duties for the Dimension Films release. Sony's BAD BOYS II hit the seventh spot with $6M for a cume of $123M, with VFX by Sony Pictures Imageworks and K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE could muster only $5.2M in its third weekend for $53.7M, with VFX by Cinesite (Europe) Ltd., Double Negative and the Moving Picture Co. Disney/Pixar's FINDING NEMO dropped to ninth place as it reeled in another $2.5 M for a record-breaking $324.9M. TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES clung to tenth place with $1.6M, as Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy for Governor of California. To date the Warner Bros. actioner has collected $145.9M, bolstered by the combined VFX of Industrial Light & Magic, Anatomorphex, Pacific Data Images, Pacific Titles & Optical and Stan Winston Studio. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.