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Hell Of A Weekend

The Hughes brothers Jack the Ripper flick, FROM HELL, based on the graphic novel of the same name, took the number one spot this weekend. The thriller, with primary visual effects by Digiscope and Illusion Arts, earned $11.3M in its debut. Last weeks number one film, TRAINING DAY, with primary visual effects by Cinesite, fell to third, still managing a weekend take of $9.5M, raising its cume to $57.5M after three weeks. The Hong Kong action film IRON MONKEY, with primary visual effects by MetroLight, dropped to tenth bringing in $3.2M for a $10.8M gross. Teen scream JOY RIDE, with primary visual effects by Spectrum Effects Inc., fell out of the top ten in its third week, grossing $2.6M for $18.8M and twelfth place. In limited release, Richard Linklaters animated film, WAKING LIFE, scored close to $90,000 from just 4 locations. The critically acclaimed films unique look was created by painting over live-action footage. More than 30 artists animated the actors and backgrounds using an interpolated rotoscoping technique developed by Bob Sabiston. The film will expand to another 23 theaters next week and plans to be in 125 theaters by Thanksgiving. Box office information was obtained from