Chalk up another horror dominance of the box office chart. UNDERWORLD
, the vampire/werewolf flick from Screen Gems (with vfx from FrameStore CFC
and Luma Pictures), debuted in the top spot for the weekend ended Sept.21, 2003 with $21.7M. Debuting at number two was New Line's SECOND HAND LIONS (with vfx by Digital Domain
and Pacific Title
) with $12.1M. Another newcomer, Paramount's FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS (with vfx by Illusion Arts
), took third place with $11.7M. Robert Rodriguez' ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO dropped to fourth place with $11M. The Sony movie (with vfx by Hybride Technologies
) has now compiled $40.9M over two weekends. Disney's horror film, COLD CREEK MANOR, debuted at number five with $8.1M. Ridley Scott's MATCHSTICK MEN, fell to sixth place with $7.5M (containing vfx by Sony Pictures Imageworks
). The Warner Bros. con film has racked up $24.2M after two weekends. The Lion's Gate horror film CABIN FEVER pulled in $3.9M in its second weekend (with vfx by K.N.B. EFX Group). That's good enough for a modest $14.7M. Paramount's DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR, slipped to eighth place, with $3.7M and a tally of $17.3M. Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
hung on at number nine with $3.4M (boasting vfx by Industrial Light & Magic
, Boy Wonder, CIS, Digiscope
, Gray Matter FX, Method
and Pacific Title). But at $292.4M, PIRATES is certainly the surprise of the year. Sofia Coppola's deadpan comedy, LOST IN TRANSLATION, entered the chart in its second week at number 10 for Focus Features with $2.6M and a cume of $3.9M.
Meanwhile, Go Fish's MILLENNIUM ACTRESS
, the highly touted anime from Satoshi Kon, sunk nearly 63% in its second weekend, picking up $7,000 in the same six theaters nationally, for a total of $32,340. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.