Originally created 09/18/02

'Barbershop' tops weekend box office



LOS ANGELES -- "Barbershop," the comedy starring Ice Cube as the reluctant owner of his late father's haircutting business, buzzed its ways to the top of the weekend box office with its $20.6 million debut.

The film's success surprised some Hollywood observers because box office receipts had been in a recent lull following a summer full of blockbusters.

"Finally we had an up weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. "It's due in large part because the film was well received by critics and Ice Cube has a following and he has crossover appeal."

The film, distributed by MGM, is a warmhearted comedy that filled a void among moviegoers, Dergarabedian said.

"There really hasn't been an urban film in a while to fill that niche," he said. "This film came along in a marketplace that was devoid of any urban films and really took advantage of it."

The top 20 movies at North American theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. and Nielsen EDI Inc. are:

1. "Barbershop," MGM, $20.6 million, 1,605 locations, $12,852 average, $20.6 million, one week.

2. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," IFC Films, $10.8 million, 1,764 locations, $6,107 average, $110.4 million, 22 weeks.

3. "One Hour Photo," Fox Searchlight, $8 million, 1,212 locations, $6,606 average, $14.6 million, four weeks.

4. "Swimfan," Fox, $6.05 million, 2,860 locations, $2,116 average, $19.7 million, two weeks.

5. "Stealing Harvard," Sony, $6.04 million, 2,366 locations, $2,553 average, $6.04 million, one week.

6. "Signs," Disney, $5.4 million, 3,051 locations, $1,772 average, $213 million, seven weeks.

7. "City by the Sea," Warner Bros., $4.9 million, 2,575 locations, $1,888 average, $16.7 million, two weeks.

8. "XXX," Sony, $3.3 million, 2,771 locations, $1,194, $135.4 million, six weeks.

9. "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams," Miramax, $2.7 million, 2,493 locations, $1,100 average, $77.4 million, six weeks.

10. "Austin Powers in Goldmember," New Line, $1.9 million, 1,811 locations, $1,024 average, $209.6 million, eight weeks.

11. "Spider-Man/Men in Black 2," (double feature), Sony, $1.4 million, 1,670 locations, $842 average, $4 million, two weeks.

12. "The Good Girl," Fox Searchlight, $1.3 million, 669 locations, $1,879 average, $11.7 million, six weeks.

13. "Blue Crush, Universal, $1.1 million, 1,376 locations, $835 average, $38.9 million, five weeks.

14. "fear dot com," Warner Bros., $982,450, 1,548 locations, $635 average, $12.2 million, three weeks.

15. "Serving Sara," Paramount, $969,410, 1,908 locations, $508 average, $15.9 million, four weeks.

16. "Road to Perdition," DreamWorks, $913,725, 1,134 locations, $806, $102.5 million, 10 weeks.

17. "Possession," Focus Features, $773,532, 619 locations, $1,250 average, $9 million, five weeks.

18. "Undisputed," Miramax, $611,016, 823 locations, $742 average, $11.8 million, four weeks.

19. "The Bourne Identity," Universal, $504,675, 463 locations, $1,090 average, $119.5 million, 14 weeks.

20. "The Master of Disguise," Sony, $460,890, 687 locations, $671 average, $38.8 million, seven weeks.