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MEN II OUT OF THIS WORLD

Sequel Takes in $25 Million to Keep Hanks’ Perdition From #1

Men in Black was the #1 movie for a second weekend, grossing $25 million to push its 12-day total to $133.3 million, according to studio estimates released Sunday.

Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks as a Depression-era hit man, debuted in second place with $22.1 million, although it played in only half as many theaters as Men in Black II. Playing in 1,797 theaters, Road to Perdition averaged an impressive $12,305 a location, compared with $6,923 in 3,611 theaters for Men in Black II.

The weekend offered a healthy range of choices, including acclaimed adult-oriented films, action movies, comedy and family flicks.The overall box office soared with the rush of newcomers. The top 12 movies took in $130.8 million, up 20% from the same weekend a year ago. For the year, Hollywood revenues are running about 20% ahead of the record pace of 2001, when the box office hit $8.4 billion.

Reign of Fire, the Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale tale of fire-breathing dragons, opened in third place with $16 million, while Halloween: Resurrection, featuring Busta Rhymes and Jamie Lee Curtis, premiered at No. 4 with $12.3 million.

Mr. Deeds was fifth with $11 million, lifting its 17-day total to $94.1 million. No. 6 with $10 million was The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, starring Steve Irwin in a big-screen adaptation of his wildlife TV series.

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