No. 1 `Just Like Heaven' faces stiff competition

Box Office

September 23, 2005

Will this weekend remain heavenly for Reese Witherspoon? Or will Flightplan, a thriller starring Jodie Foster, or Tim Burton's boy-meets-ghoul Corpse Bride be the weekend's draw? Witherspoon's romantic comedy Just Like Heaven, co-starring Mark Ruffalo, had a divine opening weekend, taking in $16.4 million to top The Exorcism of Emily Rose, in second place with $14.9 million. Shown are the past weekend's top-grossing films at North American theaters.

Rk (lw)Title (Studio)......Weekend....No.of....Per....Gross

.....................gross*.........screens....location....Weeks total*

1 ( - ) Just Like Heaven (DreamWorks) $16.4 3,508 $4,678 1 $16.4

2 (1) The Exorcism of Emily Rose (Screen Gems) $14.9 2,983 $4,979 2 $51.6

3 (-) Lord ofWar (Lions Gate) $9.4 2,814 $3,337 1 $9.4

4 (2) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Universal) $6.0 3,006 $1,985 5 $90.7

5 (-) CryWolf (Focus/Rogue) $4.4 1,789 $2,475 1 $4.4

6 (3) Transporter 2 (20th Century Fox) $4.0 2,805 $1,431 3 $36.5

7 (4) The Constant Gardener (Focus) $3.6 1,387 $2,609 3 $24.3

8 (5) Red Eye (DreamWorks) $2.9 2,455 $1,165 5 $55.2

9 (8) TheWedding Crashers (New Line) $2.5 1,807 $1,399 10 $203.6

10 (10) March of the Penguins (Warner Independent) $2.5 1,876 $1,342 13 $70.4

11 (16) An Unfinished Life (Miramax) $2.1 753 $2,725 2 $3.4

12 (6) The Man (New Line) $2.0 2,040 $985 2 $7.1

13 (7) The Brothers Grimm (Miramax) $2.0 2,002 $984 4 $36.2

14 (9) Four Brothers (Paramount) $1.9 1,509 $1,244 6 $71.1

15 (14) Sky High (Disney) $0.8 795 $1,013 8 $61.7

16 (17) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros.) $0.7 651 $1,132 10 $203.6

17 (15) Valiant (Disney) $0.7 949 $762 5 $18.4

18 (11) The Skeleton Key (Universal) $0.6 896 $700 6 $46.9

19 (19) Broken Flowers (Focus) $0.5 372 $1,455 7 $12.4

20 (-) Venom (Miramax) $0.5 489 $1,062 1 $0.5

In millions

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