Disney/Pixars MONSTERS, INC. dominated the box office this weekend, taking in an astounding $63.5M, the biggest opening ever for an animated film and for a Disney film. The family-friendly features opening take was no doubt helped by Star Wars fans who wanted a first glimpse of STAR WARS: EPISODE II. A teaser trailer for the highly anticipated sequel was attached to MONSTERS, INC. A full 2-minute preview will screen with HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERERS STONE, which is scheduled to be another big opening when it hits theaters on November 16th. Sci-fi actioner, THE ONE, with visual effects by Digital Filmworks and others, was the number two film for the weekend, grossing $20M in its debut. Interplanetary drama K-PAX, with primary visual effects by Centropolis Effects, LLC, fell to fourth place, earning $10.7M and raising its cume to $32.1M in its second week. Johnny Depp and the cast FROM HELL, with primary visual effects by Digiscope and Illusion Arts, slashed its take by 38% to $3.7M for $26.5M and seventh place. Haunted house thriller 13 GHOSTS, with primary visual effects by Manex Entertainment, tumbled to fifth, earning $8M, raising its two-week total to $27.8M. TRAINING DAY, with visual effects by Cinesite, stayed in the top ten in its fifth week of release, placing eighth and earning $3.2M for $69.7M gross to date. Horror flick BONES, with primary visual effects by OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic, has already dropped out of the top ten earning just $1.4M this weekend, raising its 10 day total to $5.7M. Box office information was obtained from yahoo.com and boxofficeguru.com.
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