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``We didn't expect to exceed $20 million for a film called Jackass. Especially a film with no plot, no Oscar-caliber performances and no real writing."
——Van Toffler, MTV President.
MTV’S JACKASS KICKS ASS
R-Rated Comedy Bests All Competition
to Debut at # 1
The wild, insane and often ridiculous antics of MTV's jackass the movie crew proved their appeal is not limited to the small screen as their film has pulled its craziest stunt ever, debuting in first place at the box office.

Young men flocked to jackass the movie, the big-screen version of the MTV show whose stars specialized in bizarre and risky behavior, which debuted with $22.7 million.

The film stars such underground daredevils as Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Jason "Wee-Man" Acuna and others. Produced for well under $5 million, Jackass features its stars doing such hazardous or crude acts as roller-skating with bottle rockets attached or urinating on a snow cone.

Two-thirds of the movie's audience was male, and young men from 17 to 24 accounted for nearly half the crowds, according to distributor Paramount.

``We didn't expect to exceed $20 million for a film called Jackass. Especially a film with no plot, no Oscar-caliber performances and no real writing,'' said Van Toffler, MTV President. ``What they do in the movie sort of feels to me like what the Three Stooges would be doing if they were alive. Kind of slapstick twisted on its head in an extreme form.''

The R-rated movie carried warnings urging viewers not to try the stunts themselves, and Paramount offered to provide guards at theaters that wanted extra security to keep those younger than 17 from sneaking in.

Last weekend's winner, Naomi Watts' horror film The Ring, slipped to No. 2 but actually raised its gross by adding about 650 more theaters. The movie took in $18.8 million, up $3.8 million from opening weekend, pushing its 10-day total to $39.7 million.

Another horror flick, Ghost Ship, opened in third place with $11.7 million. The movie stars Julianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne as leaders of a salvage crew that finds a haunted ocean liner.

Debuting in much narrower release was Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton's remake The Truth About Charlie. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the film opened out of the top 10 with $2.3 million.

Jackass averaged $9,047 in 2,509 theaters, The Ring did $7,137 in 2,634 theaters, and Ghost Ship did $4,203 in 2,787 theaters.

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