'Cats & Dogs' reign at box office; 'Scary Movie 2' a close second

— The fur flew at movie theaters over the weekend.

"Cats & Dogs," a family film about household pets feuding over world domination, debuted as the No. 1 movie with a weekend gross of $21.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The movie was a whisker ahead of the horror spoof sequel "Scary Movie 2," which took in $21 million. Both movies opened on the Fourth of July, with "Cats & Dogs" racking up $35.7 million in its first five days and "Scary Movie 2" grossing $34.5 million.

"A.I. Artificial Intelligence," last weekend's No. 1 film, slipped to third place with $14.1 million, pushing its 10-day total to $59.7 million.

The weekend's other big new release, Jet Li's martial-arts thriller "Kiss of the Dragon," opened at No. 4 with $13.6 million.

The overall box office was down, with the top 12 movies grossing $122.4 million, off 10.7 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when the original "Scary Movie" opened.

The weekend offered a wide range of movies, including action films, family flicks, comedy and science fiction.

"It's so cliche, but there really is something for everybody right now," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations, which tracks the box office. "If studios give a range of choices without doubling up too much on genres, you'll get a very democratic vote from audiences."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters:

1. "Cats & Dogs," $21.7 million.

2. "Scary Movie 2," $21 million.

3. "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," $14.1 million.

4. "Kiss of the Dragon," $13.6 million.

5. "The Fast and the Furious," $12.4 million.

6. "Dr. Dolittle 2," $10.1 million.

7. "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," $6.8 million.

8. "Shrek," $6 million.

9. "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," $5 million.

10. "Baby Boy," $4.8 million.


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