'Mean Girls' Finish First

Nice guy Denzel Washington has to settle for #2.

"Mean Girls" ruled at the multiplex over the weekend. The Lindsay Lohan flick

about high school girls who live to dis debuted at #1 with an estimated $25

million take. The movie, written by "Saturday Night Live" head writer Tina Fey, had

enough venom to overpower last week's top dog, Denzel Washington's gritty

kidnapping revenge flick, "Man on Fire," which slipped a notch on $15.2 million.

Jennifer Garner's first starring role, in the body-switch comedy "13 Going on

30," also dropped a notch, to #3 with $10 million. The "Alias" star's

headlining splash lost more than 50 percent of its audience, but has already taken in

$35 million.

The Julianne Moore/ Pierce Brosnan romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction" opened

at #4 on $7 million, followed by two other newcomers, the Robert De Niro

cloning thriller, "Godsend," with $6.9 million, and the Ben Stiller/ Jack Black

comedy, "Envy," with $6.1 million.

Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" took a four-spot tumble to #7 in

its third week in theaters, earning $5.8 million, for a to-date total of $52


He has top billing in one of the biggest surprise successes in Hollywood

history, but "The Passion of the Christ" star Jim Caviezel's career doesn't seem

to have gotten the immediate boost you'd expect. His follow-up to Mel

Gibson's religious epic, the golf biography "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" — which

opened on half as many screens as "Mean Girls" — debuted at #16 with $1.3

million, finishing one slot behind "The Passion."

Rounding out the top 10 are "The Punisher" at #8 with $3.4 million, "Home on

the Range" at #9 with $2.2 million and "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" at

#10 with $2.1 million.

After almost two months of rising returns, the lack of huge films opening

sent the box office skidding, with overall numbers ($90.5 million) down nearly 36

percent from the same weekend last year.

Friday marks the beginning of the summer blockbuster season with the release

of the $150-plus million Hugh Jackman monster slayer movie "Van Helsing." As

huge as Dracula, Frankenstein and the rest of the horror bunch could be, don't

underestimate the week's other 800-pound gorilla, the latest flick from

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, "New York Minute."

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For a feature on "Mean Girls," check out [article id="1486513"]"Tina Fey: Positively Mean."[/article]