By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 10, 2003 10:49 AM

Critics wanted it to get lost, but the pairing of Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in the early Valentine movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” wooed audiences and came in at No. 1 at the box office over the weekend, according to movie studio estimates.

Meanwhile, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson scored with their sequel, “Shanghai Knights,” which debuted in second place, while the previous weekend’s top movie, the spy thriller “The Recruit” with Al Pacino and Colin Farrell, fell to fourth place.

In third place this weekend was the musical “Chicago,” with Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film finally opened wide after playing limited engagements since Dec. 27. Its Friday-Sunday box-office performance and its anticipated prominence in Tuesday’s Oscar nominations should all be music to its producers’ ears.

The Top 10 movies of the weekend, according to studio estimates, were as follows:

1. “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” $24.1 million
2. “Shanghai Knights,” $19.8 million
3. “Chicago,” $10.7 million
4. “The Recruit,” $9.5 million
5. “Final Destination 2,” $8.7 million
6. “Deliver Us From Eva,” $7.1 million
7. “Kangaroo Jack,” $5.9 million
8. “Biker Boyz,” $4 million
9. “Darkness Falls,” $3.8 million
10. “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” $3.4 million