'Anger Management' retains box-office punch

Monday, April 21, 2003

— "Anger Management" kept its grip on the No. 1 spot at the box office for a second weekend.

The Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson comedy took in $25.6 million in ticket sales, giving it a 10-day total of $80.3 million.

The family flick "Holes," based on Louis Sachar's book about the adventures of juvenile delinquents forced to dig holes in a dry lake bed, debuted a strong second with $17.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Malibu's Most Wanted," with Jamie Kennedy as a white rapper whose gangsta demeanor cramps his father's political ambitions, opened at No. 3 with $13.1 million.

"A Mighty Wind," the latest "mockumentary" from director Christopher Guest ("Best in Show"), opened in limited release. The spoof about a reunion concert of '60s folk groups took in $2.2 million in just 133 theaters for an impressive $16,541 average.

"Holes" had the strongest average among the top 10 films, at $7,336 in 2,331 theaters. "Anger Management" had at $7,171 in 3,570 cinemas.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday , according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. :

1. "Anger Management," $25.6 million.

2. "Holes," $17.1 million.

3. "Malibu's Most Wanted," $13.1 million.

4. "Bulletproof Monk," $8.6 million.

5. "Phone Booth," $5.7 million.

6. "What a Girl Wants," $4.8 million.

7. "Bringing Down the House," $3.3 million.

8. "A Man Apart," $2.6 million.

9. "Chicago," $2.5 million.

10. "House of 1,000 Corpses," $2.4 million.