Paramount Pictures THE SCHOOL OF ROCK toped the box office hcarts in its debut, taking in $19.6M for the weekend ended October 5, 2003. MGMs OUT OF TIME opened in more theaters but came in second at $16.2M. Boy Wonder Visual Effects worked on this action/thriller as did Dennis Hoffman, vfx producer and special effects director Kevin Harris, along with Tim Laundry, vfx supervisor. Universal's THE RUNDOWN, starring The Rock, dropped to third in its second week with $9.7M and a $32.67 cume. Rhythm & Hues
has vfx bragging rights on this high performer. Disney's Diane Lane romancer, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, came in fourth place place with $7.7M for a $20.7 take in its second week. New Line's SECOND HAND LIONS (with vfx by Digital Domain
and Pacific Title
) took the fifth spot with $5.2M, good enough for a $30.6M total so far. UNDERWORLD
, the vampire/werewolf flick from Screen Gems (with vfx from FrameStore CFC
and Luma Pictures), plummeted from third to sixth, with $5M for a three-week total of $44.8M. Focus Features' LOST IN TRANSLATION found its way up to seventh place with $4.2M, good enough for a total of $14M. Paramount's FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS (with vfx by Illusion Arts
) dropped to eighth spot with $3.4M and a cume of $24.6M. Robert Rodriguez' ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO took the ninth spot with $2.6M. The Sony movie (with vfx by Hybride Technologies
) has now earned $53M. Disney's horror film, COLD CREEK MANOR, came in held in at 10th with $2.5M in its second outing for a total of $18.3M in its third week. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.