By Stephen M. Silverman
October 14, 2002 11:00 AM

“Red Dragon,” the third thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter, still had teeth at the box office this weekend, while the Madonna-Guy Ritchie home movie “Swept Away” tanked big time.

The Madonna movie, a remake of a 1974 Italian film, bombed with just $375,000 at 196 theaters, which meant that it didn’t even make the Top 10. Reuters quotes its releasing company as saying that it has no plans of taking the obviously doomed picture any wider.

“Brown Sugar,” a romance starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan as longtime friends who become lovers, proved the most potent of the six new wide releases, and emerged at No. 3, outperforming the star-powered “White Oleander,” with Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger, Robin Wright Penn and Alison Lohman.

In limited release, Adam Sandler in the offbeat “Punch-Drunk Love,” did exceptionally well in just five theaters in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto and made $380,000. (Compare that to Madonna’s take.)

The Top 10 movies this weekend, according to movie studio estimates, were as follows:

1. “Red Dragon,” $17.6 million
2. “Sweet Home Alabama,” $14.1 million
3. “Brown Sugar,” $11.1 million
4. “The Transporter,” $9.2 million
5. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” $7.9 million
6. “The Tuxedo,” $7 million
7. “White Oleander,” $5.7 million
8. “Tuck Everlasting,” $5.5 million
9. “Knockaround Guys,” $5 million
10. “Barbershop,” $4 million

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