Monday, February 2, 2004

'You Got Served' dances into top spot

Box office

By David Germain
The Associated Press

Los Angeles - Recently split teen R&B band B2K put the moves on the box office as its dance flick You Got Served debuted at No. 1 with $16 million.

The other new wide releases debuted weakly over Super Bowl weekend, typically a slow time at theaters as movie-goers stay home Sunday for the big game.

The Perfect Score, featuring Scarlett Johansson and Erika Christensen as part of a group of teens swiping the SAT exam, was No. 5 with $5 million, averaging an anemic $2,264 in 2,208 theaters.

Owen Wilson's comic crime caper The Big Bounce bombed with $3.3 million, finishing at No. 12 and averaging just $1,439 in 2,304 cinemas.

All three movies received harsh reviews, yet You Got Serve managed to pull in the teen crowd on the strength of B2K's popularity. Playing in 1,933 theaters, You Got Served averaged a healthy $8,277.

The movie stars Omari "Omarion" Grandberry - who left for a solo career a month ago - and B2K members Jarell "J-Boog" Houston, DeMario "Raz-B" Thornton and Dreux "Lil' Fizz" Frederic as part of a Los Angeles street-dance crew.

Best-picture nominee Mystic River, which went back into wide release the previous weekend, added a few dozen more theaters and took in $4.4 million, pushing its total to $64.9 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

Final figures will be released today.

1. You Got Served, $16 million.

2. Along Came Polly, $10.1 million.

3. The Butterfly Effect, $9.95 million.

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, $5.3 million.

5. The Perfect Score, $5 million.

6. Big Fish, $4.6 million.

7. Cold Mountain, $4.53 million.

8. Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, $4.5 million

9. Mystic River, $4.4 million.

10. Cheaper by the Dozen, $4.1 million.

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