The comedy Hitch holds the top spot despite Reeve s hellraiser Constantine

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 21, 2005 09:00 AM

Keanu Reeves s new trip to hell wasn t hot enough to undo Will Smith s hold on the top spot of the weekend box-office chart, with Smith s romantic comedy Hitch bettering Reeves’ demonic thriller Constantine – $31.8 million to $30.5 million, according to studio estimates.

Because of Winn-Dixie and Son of the Mask, neither of which was embraced by critics, came in third and fourth, despite their appeal to the lucrative family market.

To date, Hitch has made an estimated $90.1 million in 10 days and is expected to become 2005 s first movie to top the $100 million mark.

As for those pictures in the Oscar race – the big giveaway is next Sunday – Clint Eastwood s boxing drama Million Dollar Baby led the list (No. 5, with $7.2 million, for a $54.7 million total so far), followed by the Howard Hughes epic The Aviator (No. 9, with $4.2 million, though with a higher total of $88.1 million). The wine-country comedy Sideways finished 10th ($3.9 million, for a total of $58.1 million), reports the Associated Press.

The weekend s Top 10, according to estimates, was as follows:

1. Hitch, $31.8 million
2. Constantine, $30.5 million
3. Because of Winn-Dixie, $10.85 million
4. Son of the Mask, $7.7 million
5. Million Dollar Baby, $7.2 million
6. Are We There Yet?, $6.5 million
7. Boogeyman, $5.5 million
8. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, $4.4 million
9. The Aviator, $4.2 million
10. Sideways, $3.9 million