May 03, 2004 01:00 AM

Mean Girls, starring 17-year-old Lindsay Lohan as a student who enters a high school that’s like the vicious alma mater of “Heathers,” went to the head of the class at the box office this weekend, according to studio estimates.

Movie industry analysts say that teenage girls rushing the ticket windows pushed the movie — which also costars its writer, Saturday Night Live powerhouse Tina Fey — to the top. The film also stars newcomer Rachel McAdams, as the school’s queen bee dethroned by Lohan.

About 75 percent of the audience was female and about half the audience was under 18, Wayne Lewellen, head of distribution for Paramount, tells the Associated Press.

Although the Denzel Washington movie Man on Fire, slipped to No. 2, it still performed strongly, as did No. 3 13 Going on 30, starring Jennifer Garner, which is offering further proof of the Alias star’s box-office clout.

On the other hand, Jim Caviezel can’t claim the same sort of star power. While his starring role in The Passion of the Christ may be this year’s top-grossing movie, Caviezel’s latest role, as the real-life 1930s golfer in Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, failed to put the movie in this weekend’s Top 10. It earned a dismal $1.3 million.

The weekend’s Top 10, according to studio estimates, were as follows:

1. Mean Girls, $25 million
2. Man on Fire, $15.2 million
3. 13 Going on 30, $10 million
4. Laws of Attraction, $7 million
5. Godsend, $6.9 million
6. Envy, $6.1 million
7. Kill Bill — Vol. 2, $5.8 million
8. The Punisher, $3.4 million
9. Home on the Range, $2.2 million
10. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, $2.1 million

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