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By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 02, 2003 10:41 AM
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“Finding Nemo,” the fifth collaboration between Disney and Pixar, has yielded the two companies their fifth No. 1 opening weekend and even topped their monster, record-breaking $62 million opening of “Monsters Inc.” two years ago, according to studio estimates.

(The other Disney-Pixar hits were “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2.”)

All told, “Nemo” took in a whopping $70.6 million, sinking the Jim Carrey feel-good comedy “Bruce Almighty,” which conquered the box office last weekend. (Don’t cry for “Bruce” — he’s collected an estimated $135.7 million so far.)

Meanwhile, the Mark Wahlberg caper remake “The Italian Job” opened in third place with $19.3 million, while “The Matrix Reloaded” continued to plunge after its spectacular debut three weeks ago. Its tally to date is $232.1 million, still making it the highest-grossing movie of the year.

The Top 10 weekend movies, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, were as follows:

1. “Finding Nemo,” $70.6 million
2. “Bruce Almighty,” $35.6 million
3. “The Italian Job,” $19.3 million
4. “The Matrix Reloaded,” $15 million
5. “Daddy Day Care,” $6.8 million
6. “X2: X-Men United,” $5.02 million
7. “Wrong Turn,” $5.01 million
8. “The In-Laws,” $3.7 million
9. “Down With Love,” $1.6 million
10. “Bend It Like Beckham,” $1 million