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Horror tops USBO
Arthur J Pais | August 18, 2003 14:11 IST
Surprising Hollywood experts who thought Freddy Vs Jason would top the weekend business with a $20-$25 million gross, the horror movie rode to the head of the box office chart with $36 million.
The R-rated film which combines two popular villains of the 1980s was one of the three new releases - all in the medium budget range of $20-$30 million - which opened to respectable business.
The other two new films which opened well are Kevin Costner's Open Range and Uptown Girls, starring Brittany Murphy. However, Grind, another medium budget film was dead on arrival. It was No 12 on the list.
Most horror films drop significantly in the second week, but Freddy vs Jason could end with a potential $85-$90 million gross, with awesome video and DVD sale possibilities. Expect New Line Cinema to announce a sequel soon.
The movie's three-day gross exceeded the lifetime theatrical gross of director Ronny Yu's previous hit, Bride Of Chucky ($32 million in America), four years ago.
Occupying third place was Kevin Costner's comeback film, Open Range, a Western made for about $25 million, about $5 million less than the cost on Freddy Vs Jason.
It was followed by American Wedding, which had a narrow lead over the 8th film on the chart, the sturdy Seabiscuit. Both films have grossed over $80 million and have their eyes firmly on the $100 million mark. The latter is also eyeing a number of top Oscar nominations.
It was followed this weekend on the box office chart by the comedy adventure Bad Boys II, which has reached a solid $129 million gross.