'Kill Bill' marks Tarantino comeback

Film No. 1 at box office

— It was payback time for Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the box office as their vengeance saga "Kill Bill -- Vol. 1" opened in first place with $22.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The previous weekend's No. 1 flick, "The School of Rock," slipped to second place with $15.4 million. The Coen brothers' romantic comedy "Intolerable Cruelty," starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, opened at No. 3 with $13.1 million.

"Good Boy!", a family flick featuring the voice of Matthew Broderick as a talking dog from outer space, premiered in fourth place with $13 million. The weekend's other new wide release, the horror tale "House of the Dead," opened at No. 6 with $5.5 million.

In limited release, Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" had an exceptional debut, taking in $591,390 in 13 theaters for a whopping $45,492 average. The dark murder drama starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon expands to more theaters this week.

The opening installment of "Kill Bill," director Tarantino's first film since 1997's "Jackie Brown," did well enough to encourage distributor Miramax over prospects for "Vol. 2," due in theaters next February.

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

5. "Out of Time," $8.6 million.

6. "House of the Dead," $5.5 million.

7. "The Rundown," $5.3 million.

8. "Under the Tuscan Sun," $4.8 million.

9. "Secondhand Lions," $3.3 million.

10. "Lost in Translation," $2.9 million.


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