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Maid debuted with $19 million, while the 10th Star Trek adventure took second place with $18.75 million
MAID CLEANS UP
J.Lo Film Sweeps Competition at Box Office, Enters at No. 1

Jennifer Lopez's romantic Maid in Manhattan came out on top at the weekend box office, narrowly sweeping past Star Trek: Nemesis.

Maid debuted with $19 million, while the 10th Star Trek adventure took second place with $18.75 million, according to studio estimates.

Premiering at No. 3 with $13.05 million was Drumline, an energetic tale of a Harlem drummer playing in a marching band at a Southern university. Drumline was produced by renowned music producer Dallas Austin and EMI Music Publishing Exec VP Jody Gerson, among others.

Rob Schneider's comedy The Hot Chick debuted with $7.5 million, tying for No. 4 with the James Bond flick Die Another Day, last weekend's top movie.

It was the first time in weeks that new movies led the box-office charts. That pattern will continue next weekend with a big lineup of debuts, including The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York and Sandra Bullock's romance Two Weeks Notice.

The overall box office rose slightly, with the top 12 movies grossing $90.5 million, up 3% from the same weekend last year.

Maid in Manhattan, a Pretty Woman-style romance, stars Lopez as a hotel housekeeper wooed by a political heir, played by Ralph Fiennes. Women made up 60% of the audience.

Meanwhile, Star Trek: Nemesis had the weakest debut for the franchise since 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the last adventure starring the original 1960s TV cast. The three previous Trek movies featuring the Next Generation cast each opened with $22 million or more.

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