Stephen M. Silverman
October 28, 2002 01:10 PM

“Jackass: The Movie” proved to be “Jackass: The Moneymaker” at the weekend box office. The gross-out movie — based on the MTV show whose stars put themselves through dumb and painful stunts — overtook the top spot from last weekend’s winner, the Naomi Watts horror flick “The Ring.”

Another Halloween-themed flick, “Ghost Ship,” with Julianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne aboard a haunted ocean liner, sailed in at No. 3.

Meanwhile, something of a tanker was Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton in director Jonathan Demme’s “The Truth About Charlie,” a remake of the 1963 stylish Stanley Donen crime caper “Charade.” Though it opened in a limited run, the new version didn’t make the Top 10 and ticked off most critics who questioned the sanity of redoing a movie that had originally been made with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

And, reports Monday’s New York Times, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is now likely to hit the $200-million mark. That qualifies as a phenomenon.

The Top 10 movies at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates, are as follows:

1. “Jackass: The Movie,” $22.7 million
2. “The Ring,” $18.8 million
3. “Ghost Ship,” $11.7 million
4. “Sweet Home Alabama,” $6.4 million
5. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” $6.3 million
6. “Red Dragon,” $4.7 million
7. “Punch-Drunk Love,” $3.5 million
8. “Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie,” $2.9 million
9. “The Transporter,” $2.85 million
10. “Brown Sugar,” $2.8 million

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