Originally created 02/26/03

'Daredevil' dominates second weekend box office



LOS ANGELES -- Despite a nearly 55 percent attendance drop, the superhero adventure "Daredevil" dominated the box office for a second consecutive week, earning $18 million to hold the No. 1 spot against the bawdy frat-house comedy "Old School."

"Old School," starring Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson as three over-the-hill college wannabes, debuted with $17.4 million for second place.

Among other new releases, the Kevin Spacey anti-death penalty drama "The Life of David Gale" came in sixth with $7.1 million, while the Civil War reenactment "Gods and Generals" collected $4.6 million to place at No. 8 and the police corruption thriller "Dark Blue" was ninth with $3.8 million.

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. "Daredevil," Fox, $18 million, 3,474 locations, $5,208 average, $69.4 million, two weeks.

2. "Old School," DreamWorks, $17.4 million, 2,689 locations, $6,491 average, $17.4 million, one week.

3. "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," Paramount, $11.5 million, 2,923 locations, $3,965 average, $64.6 million, three weeks.

4. "The Jungle Book 2," Disney, $8.7 million, 2,815 locations, $3,094 average, $25.1 million, two weeks.

5. "Chicago," Miramax, $8.2 million, 2,355 locations, $3,499 average, $94 million, nine weeks.

6. "The Life of David Gale," Universal, $7.1 million, 2,002 locations, $3,555 average, $7.1 million, one week.

7. "Shanghai Knights," Disney, $6.5 million, 2,526 locations, $2,576 average, $44.5 million, three weeks.

8. "Gods and Generals," Warner Bros., $4.6 million, 1,533 locations, $3,050 average, $4.6 million, one week.

9. "Dark Blue," United Artists, $3.8 million, 2,176 locations, $1,783 average, $3.8 million, one week.

10. "The Recruit," Disney, $3.4 million, 1,678 locations, $2,035 average, $44.3 million, four weeks.

11. "Final Destination 2," New Line, $2.9 million, 1,518 locations, $1,972 average, $40.3 million, four weeks.

12. "The Hours," Paramount, $2.4 million, 1,010 locations, $2,414 average, $30 million, nine weeks.

13. "Kangaroo Jack," Warner Bros., $1.98 million, 1,742 locations, $1,141 average, $62 million, six weeks.

14. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," New Line, $1.92 million, 925 locations, $2,081 average, $328.1 million, 10 weeks.

15. "Deliver Us From Eva," Focus Features, $1.75 million, 742 locations, $2,363 average, $14.6 million, three weeks.

16. "About Schmidt," New Line, $1.7 million, 905 locations, $1,879 average, $55.4 million, 11 weeks.

17. "The Pianist," Focus Features, $1.1 million, 509 locations, $2,275 average, $12.8 million, nine weeks.

18. "The Quiet American," Miramax, $1 million, 186 locations, $5,738 average, $4.3 million, seven weeks.

19. "Catch Me If You Can," DreamWorks, $829,759, 598 locations, $1,388 average, $161 million, nine weeks.

20. "Biker Boyz," DreamWorks, $822,818, 595 locations, $1,383 average, $20.5 million, four weeks.