The world will have to wait for next year's second volume to see whether or not Uma Thurman will get her chance to "Kill Bill," but the first volume of Quentin Tarantino's revenge epic has already made a bloody mess of the box office, slaying the competition over the weekend with a $22.2 million debut. (Click for photos from "Kill Bill: Vol. 1.")
The opening numbers for "Kill Bill" are the best a Tarantino movie has ever enjoyed; "Pulp Fiction," by comparison, opened at around $9.3 million.
The motor-mouthed filmmaker's first film since 1997's "Jackie Brown" (which also opened with about $9.3 million) knocked last weekend's #1 film, "School of Rock," down to second place. The Jack Black comedy took in $15.4 million, according to studio estimates, and has made close to $40 million overall. (Click for photos from "School of Rock.")
The George Clooney/ Catherine Zeta-Jones romantic comedy "Intolerable Cruelty" debuted at #3 with $13.1 million, while the family comedy "Good Boy!" (a movie filled with talking dogs voiced by Brittany Murphy and her onetime "Clueless" co-star Donald Faison, among others) bowed at #4 with $13 million. The video game-based "House of the Dead," the weekend's only other new, widely released film, debuted at #6 with $5.5 million.
The rest of the weekend's top 10 included the Denzel Washington thriller "Out of Time" at #5 with $8.6 million (the film has collected close to $28.7 million in the last two weeks); the Rock and Seann William Scott's jungle caper "The Rundown" at #7 with $5.3 million ($40.3 million, three weeks); "Under the Tuscan Sun" at #8 with $4.8 million ($28.2 million, three weeks); "Secondhand Lions" at #9 with $3.2 million ($35.3 million, four weeks); and filmmaker Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" at #10 with $2.8 million. The highly acclaimed Bill Murray movie, about an aging American actor in Japan shooting a lucrative if humiliating television commercial and the neglected young wife of a photographer he befriends, has made over $18 million in the last five weeks despite playing in less than 900 theaters (by comparison, "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" played in over 3,100).
Kate Beckinsale's vampires-versus-werewolves tale, "Underworld," slid to #11, taking in $2.2 million ($48.7 million, four weeks). "The Fighting Temptations" was #12 with $1.9 million ($27.2 million, four weeks).