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Signs climbed back to the No. 1 spot at the box office with a $14.4 million haul in its fourth weekend, while XXX, the top film for the last two weekends, came in a close second with $13.7 million.
SIGNS OF THE TIME
Mel Gibson-Starrer Recaptures Box Office Title

The Signs are that the summer blockbuster season has ended.

Signs climbed back to the No. 1 spot at the box office with a $14.4 million haul in its fourth weekend, while XXX, the top film for the last two weekends, came in a close second with $13.7 million.

The weekend's three new movies debuted weakly. Elizabeth Hurley and Matthew Perry's romantic comedy Serving Sara was No. 6 with $6.1 million; the Wesley Snipes-Ving Rhames prison boxing drama Undisputed was No. 8 with $4.7 million; and Al Pacino's Hollywood satire Simone came in at No. 9 with $4.1 million.

The overall box office was down for the sixth straight weekend. The top 12 movies grossed $63.9 million, off 22% from the same weekend last year, when a stronger crop of holdover movies such as American Pie 2 and Rush Hour 2 led the way.

The thinning film lineup has smoothed the way for smaller independent films.

The summer's biggest sleeper hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, expanded to 1,329 theaters, up 269, and grossed $7.6 million to bring its total to $64 million. Nearly five months after its release, the film climbed to No. 4, its highest rank yet, up from sixth place last weekend.

In limited release, Robin Williams' One Hour Photo, took in $315,000 at just seven theaters in five cities to average $45,000 per theater.

Jennifer Aniston's The Good Girl expanded to 188 theaters in its third weekend and grossed $1.55 million for an average of $8,245.

Meanwhile, Signs has taken in $173.2 million, while XXX climbed to $106.7 million, the 13th movie released this year to top $100 million.

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams with $7.8 million cane in third, and Blue Crush with $6.5 million rounded out the Top Five.

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