'Matrix' Back in Place

After a one-week absence, “The Matrix” returned to the top of the box office chart over the weekend, replacing the jail comedy “Life,” which fell to No. 2. According to studio estimates, the futuristic Keanu Reeves thriller grossed $12.9 million this weekend, after crossing the $100 million mark last week. “Life” made $11.6 million after losing 43% of its audience from the previous week. Two comedies that opened in wide release failed to grab a sizable audience and may have been rushed to market to avoid upcoming blockbusters such as the “Star Wars” prequel. “Pushing Tin” opened with $3.6 million for fourth place. “Lost & Found” opened in sixth place with $3.1 million.

  • The high school satire “Election,” starring Reese Witherspoon as a compulsive do-gooder and Matthew Broderick as a civics teacher, opened in only six theaters nationwide but averaged a strong $20,000 per screen.
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