August 11, 2003 12:30 PM

Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell swatted their way to box-office victory this weekend with the big-screen adaptation of the ’70s cop show “S.W.A.T.” taking in $37 million, according to studio estimates.

Another big winner also had its roots in the shag-carpet decade: Disney’s mother-daughter body-switching comedy “Freaky Friday,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, came in second with $22.3 million, after scoring glowing reviews. The movie’s first incarnation was in 1976, with a young Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris as her mom.

“What’s old is new again, I guess,” Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations, tells the Associated Press. “The ’70s had a really bad rap for a while … But stuff always comes back.”

What’s interesting about the “S.W.A.T.” audience is that it performed well with older crowds, with 45 percent of the audience older than 25, says AP. More and more, movies have been drawing teen crowds, to which many studios pander.

In limited release, Merchant-Ivory’s “Le Divorce,” opened strong despite mixed reviews, taking in $533,000 in 34 theaters. Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts star in the film.

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

1. “S.W.A.T.,” $37 million
2. “Freaky Friday,” $22.3 million
3. “American Wedding,” $15.1 million
4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” $13.1 million
5. “Seabiscuit,” $11.9 million
6. “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” $10.1 million
7. “Bad Boys II,” $6 million
8. “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life,” $5.2 million
9. “Finding Nemo,” $2.5 million
10. “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” $1.6 million

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