`Mean Girls' has what it takes

Box office

Box office

May 03, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Maybe nice guys finish last, but Mean Girls came in first at the weekend box office.

The comedy starring Lindsay Lohan as a student who gets swept up in the backstabbing politics of fashion, love and popularity among high school cliques, earned $25 million, according to studio estimates yesterday.

Although it starred 17-year-old Lohan, the presence of Saturday Night Live star Tina Fey, who also wrote the screenplay, appealed to grown-up moviegoers.

About 75 percent of the audience was female and about half the audience was under 18, said Wayne Lewellen, head of distribution for Paramount, which released the movie.

Three new films debuted with modest results. Laws of Attraction earned $7 million to come in fourth. Godsend, a horror-thriller starring Robert De Niro, collected $6.9 million, while Envy, with Ben Stiller and Jack Black, had $6.1 million.

Estimated ticket sales (in millions) for Friday through yesterday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today.

1. Mean Girls $25

2. Man on Fire $15.2

3. 13 Going on 30 $10

4. Laws of Attraction $7

5. Godsend $6.9

6. Envy $6.1

7. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 $5.8

8. The Punisher $3.4

9. Home on the Range $2.2

10. Scooby-Doo 2 $2.1 From wire reports

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