Audiences Make Sandler, Barrymore Their Valentine's Weekend 'Date'

'Wedding Singer' duo return with second-biggest February opening in

What's better than one date on Valentine's Day weekend? How about 50 of

them? Audiences fell in love with the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore

romance "50 First Dates" over the weekend, driving the movie to a #1

debut with an estimated $41 million in box office. That, depending on

the final numbers, would make it the second-biggest February opening in

history, behind the $58 million bow of "Hannibal" in 2001.

(Click for photos from "50 First Dates.")

Audiences loved the re-pairing of "The Wedding Singer" duo, who first

hooked up on Valentine's Day in 1998, leading experts to predict that

the $75 million film's weekend numbers could top out around $50 million

thanks to the President's Day holiday on Monday. Barrymore may have

amnesia in the film, but audiences didn't forget about Ice Cube; they

still showed up for the rapper's "Barbershop 2: Back in Business,"

which fell to #2 on $15.6 million, according to studio estimates. The

second installment in the series about life in a hair salon on

Chicago's South Side has already brought in more than $44 million in

its first 10 days. Kurt Russell's hockey drama, "Miracle," slipped a

spot to #3 on estimated grosses of $14 million; it's 10-day total is

$37.1 million.

Ashton Kutcher's time-travel drama, "The Butterfly Effect," lost

another 12 percent in business but climbed a notch to #4 as it passed

the $50 million mark. And, even though it was frozen out of most of the

top categories in the Oscar nominations, "Cold Mountain" was the only

film in the top 10 already in release to pick up more business over the

weekend. The Civil War drama starring Nicole Kidman and Best Actor

nominee Jude Law saw a 15 percent gain in audience on grosses of $3.7

million, bringing its to-date total to $87 million. And, after a brief

run in the top 10, Best Actress nominee Charlize Theron's serial-killer

drama, "Monster," slipped two spots to #11 on $2.9 million.

Rounding out the top 10 are: "You Got Served" at #5 with $5.1 million;

"Along Came Polly" at #6 with $5.08 million; "Catch That Kid" at #7

with $4.35 million; "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at

#8 with $4.15 million and "Mystic River" at #10 with $3.55 million. Despite the strong "Dates" action, overall box office was off 13

percent from the same weekend last year, with the top 12 movies taking

in $107.8 million.