Talking Mouse Squeaks Past Tom Hanks, Will Smith

'Stuart Little 2' tops weekend box office, but barely.

Only in Hollywood could a tiny white mouse battle giant spiders, hit men, space aliens and a nuclear submarine and emerge victorious.

According to box office estimates, "Stuart Little 2" barely edged out "Road to Perdition" and "Men in Black II" to become the weekend's #1 film. "Stuart Little 2" earned an estimated $15.6 million, "Road to Perdition" took in $15.5 million and "Men in Black II" made $15 million in what was the most closely contested box-office race of the year so far.

"Lilo & Stitch" and "Minority Report" were similarly neck-and-neck during their shared opening weekend (see "Tom Cruise Threatened By Tubby Blue Alien").

This week's #3 movie, "Men in Black II," has made close to $160 million since debuting three weeks ago. Last week, the Tom Hanks mob drama "Road to Perdition" was unable to dethrone the Will Smith/ Tommy Lee Jones comedy sequel (see " 'Black' Slays Dragons, 'Perdition' While Busta Smokes 'Croc' "), though it did hold on to #2 this week.

Harrison Ford's nuclear submarine drama "K-19: The Widowmaker" surfaced at #4 over the weekend, netting a healthy $13.1 million opening. Giant spider flick "Eight Legged Freaks," the weekend's other new movie (see "Killer Russian Sub And Giant Spiders Attack: What Is This, 1955?"), landed at #7 with an estimated $6.7 million.

The rest of the top 10 includes Adam Sandler's "Mr. Deeds" at #5 with $7.3 million for an overall total of $107.6 million in 4 weeks of release; "Reign of Fire" (see "Summer Film Season Heats Up With Studs, Fire-Breathing Dragons") at #6 with $7.1 million for an overall total of $29 million in 2 weeks of release; the Busta Rhymes-led horror sequel "Halloween Resurrection" (see "Busta Rhymes 'Flabbergasted' By 'Halloween: Resurrection' ") at #8 with $5.4 million; "Lilo & Stitch" at #9 with $5.1 million for an overall take of $128.5 million in 5 weeks; and "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" at #10 with $4.8 million in its second week of release. "Minority Report" slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since it came out 5 weeks ago, earning $4.4 million to land at #11 with an overall take of $118 million.

Next week, cinema ticket takers can look forward to the undoubtedly strong draw of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (see "Seth Green Unafraid To Be Outshined In 'Austin Powers' ").