By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 07, 2002 10:00 AM

Hold the Chianti. Despite positive opening-day reviews, “Red Dragon,” Anthony Hopkins’ third outing as Hannibal the Cannibal, fell considerably short of the $58 million opening-weekend tally earned by 2001’s “Hannibal” — by more than $20 million, according to movie studio estimates.

Still, the suspense film pulled in $37.5 million and easily nabbed the No. 1 spot previously occupied by the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy “Sweet Home Alabama,” which slipped to No. 2. In a domino effect, last week’s No. 2 movie, the Jackie Chan action-comedy “The Tuxedo,” went to No. 3.

As for No. 4 — break out the bouzouki. This weekend, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” hit the $148-million mark, officially making it the highest grossing independent movie in history, surpassing the $140 million haul of 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project”

This weekend’s Top 10 movies, according to studio estimates, are as follows:

1. “Red Dragon,” $37.5 million
2. “Sweet Home Alabama,” $21.6 million
3. “The Tuxedo,” $10.1 million
4. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” $8.5 million
5. “Barbershop,” $6.8 million
6. “Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie,” $6.5 million
7. “The Banger Sisters,” $3.6 million
8. “The Four Feathers,” $2.1 million
9. “Moonlight Mile,” $2 million
10. “One Hour Photo,” $1.7 million