ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, Robert Rodriguez's homage to Sergio Leone, topped the box office chart for the weekend ended Sept. 14, 2003. The Sony movie (with vfx by Hybride Technologies
) scored with $23.4M. Ridley Scott's MATCHSTICK MEN, debuted in second (with vfx by Sony Pictures Imageworks
), picking up a more modest $13M for Warner Bros. In third place, was another debut, the indie horror film CABIN FEVER (with vfx by K.N.B. EFX Group). The Lions Gate film collected $8.6M. Paramount's DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR, last week's number one entry, slipped to fourth, with $5M and a tally of $12.8M. Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
took hold of the fifth spot with $4.5M and a rich bounty of $287.8M (boasting vfx by Industrial Light & Magic
, Boy Wonder, CIS, Digiscope
, Gray Matter FX, Method
and Pacific Title).
Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY nabbed sixth place with $4M on its way to $101.9M. UA's JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 dropped to seventh (featuring vfx by The Orphanage and Makeup and Monsters) with $3M and $31.8M to date. Universal's SEABISCUIT (bolstered by vfx from Pixel Playground Inc., Sony Pictures Imageworks
and The Orphanage) held onto the eighth position with $2.75M and a cume of $113.6M. Sony's S.W.A.T. (with vfx by Pixel Magic
) dipped to ninth place with $2.708M and a cume of $112.7M. Disney's OPEN RANGE (packed with vfx by Centropolis Effects LLC
, Cinesite of Hollywood, Northern Effects and U & Co.) slowed to 10th place with $2.706M to carry the Kevin Costner western to $53.4M.
Meanwhile, Go Fish's MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, the highly touted anime from Satoshi Kon, debuted in six theaters nationally with $18,732 for a per-screen average of $3,122. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.