Monday, August 11, 2003

'S.W.A.T.' takes custody of No. 1

Los Angeles -- Calling in the SWAT team proved good business for Hollywood.

Samuel Jackson and Colin Farrell's "S.W.A.T.," adapted from the 1970s TV cop show, slapped the cuffs on enough movie-goers to debut as the weekend's top movie with $37 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Another movie with 1970s roots, a remake of the mother-daughter comedy "Freaky Friday," opened in second place with $22.3 million. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Below are estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today.

3. "American Wedding," $15.1 million.

4. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," $13.1 million.

5. "Seabiscuit," $11.9 million.

6. "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," $10.1 million.

7. "Bad Boys II," $6 million.

8. "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider -- The Cradle of Life," $5.2 million.

9. "Finding Nemo," $2.5 million.

10. "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," $1.6 million.

Costner screens new Western

Sheboygan, Wis.-- Actor-director Kevin Costner brought Hollywood glitz and glamour to Wisconsin with a fund-raiser and prescreening of his new Western, "Open Range."

Costner's event Saturday included a Western-themed barbecue at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The fund-raiser collected $160,000 for the arts center and the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan.

Costner made "Open Range" for $26 million, taking no salary, shooting in Canada and raising all but $10 million of the budget himself.

"People wanted to make this movie, not for a lot of money, but they still wanted to make it," the star told Time magazine, on newsstands today.

Costner, 48, directed "Open Range," which also stars Robert Duvall and Annette Bening. The movie is set to open nationwide Friday.

Nelson toasts Texas lawmakers

Albuquerque, N.M.-- Singer Willie Nelson says he thinks 11 Democratic state senators from Texas who have been holed up in New Mexico to block a legislative quorum on congressional redistricting are heroes.

Nelson invited his fellow Texans to Saturday night's sold-out concert at the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque.

Two of the senators, Gonzalo Barrientos and Mario Gallegos, took Nelson up on the offer and met him backstage.

"We're your outlaws, buddy," Barrientos said.

The Democrats left Austin two weeks ago after Republican Gov. Rick Perry called a second special session to address congressional redistricting.

"I think they're great," Nelson said. "I think they're heroes and we're all very proud of them."